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A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll contains the stunning information that President Bush’s approval rating among African-Americans has fallen to 2 percent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Because there only 89 blacks were interviewed for the poll out of a total of 807 respondents, the 2 percent figure is subject to a high margin of error, according to Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post. Still, Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who helped conduct the poll, “said he has never seen such a dramatic drop in presidential approval ratings, within any subgroup,” according to Kurtz.
This has to be worrisome news for Republican strategists, who already have their hands full with the Valerie Plame affair, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers and the troubles of Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, David Safavian and Jack Abramoff. In July, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman made a public appeal to the black community that included an apology for the GOP’s past use of divisive racial tactics. Now, Republicans have dug themselves into an even deeper hole courtesy of the president, whose response to Hurricane Katrina gave the impression that he wasn’t concerned with the plight of poor blacks.
The new poll has President Bush’s overall approval ratings dipping below 40 percent. What’s more, fewer than 30 percent of respondents think the country is headed in the right direction. There is evidence that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers hasn’t gone over very well with the country either, with only 29 percent saying she is qualified to serve on the court.
Along with the president’s sinking popularity, the poll found that 48 percent of respondents want a “Democratic-controlled Congress,” while 39 percent prefer Republicans to be in control. The nine-point difference is the “largest margin between the parties in eleven years.”
J.J. Helland is Salon's editorial fellow in New York.More J.J. Helland.
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
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