More polling woes for Bush

A new USA Today/CNN poll brings more bad news for the White House.

Published April 6, 2005 2:10PM (EDT)

One day after a Gallup poll revealed that George W. Bush's approval ratings had dropped to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, a new USA Today/CNN poll brings more bad news for the White House.

USA Today notes, "By 55%-40%, respondents say Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are 'trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans' on moral values."

Also: "By more than 2-to-1, 39%-18%, Americans say the 'religious right' has too much influence in the Bush administration," according to the daily.

Other nuggets buried amid the data include the fact that Bush's approval rating for handling the economy hit a new low, 41 percent. That's down nine points in just two months. Bush's approval rating on Social Security cratered to 35 percent. What's more, how people feel about Bush personally hit a new low: Forty-five percent say they view him favorably.

And for the first time in the USA Today/CNN poll, a solid 50 percent of Americans think "the Bush administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction."

By Eric Boehlert

Eric Boehlert, a former senior writer for Salon, is the author of "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush."

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