Bush Is Not a Popular President

More bad news for the beleaguered pres:

Political Wire received an early copy of a new Time magazine poll that finds President Bush's approval rating at 41% with 53% disapproving. This is down a point from the last poll two months ago.

Major drags on the President’s standing include: Iraq and high energy prices (each 45%),the federal budget deficit (39% say “very negative” impact), his handling of the economy (35%), and the failure of his social security initiative (32%).

Stunning: Of those who disapprove, 76% say they're unlikely to change their minds about the president's performance in the future.
That ought to impress Mr. Stay-the-Course.

More stunning: If last year's election were held again, Sen. John Kerry would win, but the margin would only be one point, 48% to 47%.
Wow, how wrong did Dems go with John Kerry? Something needs to give with these primaries. Kerry was supposed to be the “most electable” guy, remember? Still, about 5% of people who disapprove of Bush’s performance would vote for him rather than Kerry. Yikes.

(Of course, I’m not discounting the fact that lots of people are fucking stupid, too.)

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