Bush's poll woes cont'd

His numbers for handling economy, Iraq and Social Security are all at new lows

Published May 24, 2005 2:27PM (EDT)

It will likely get lost in the filibuster headlines, but USA Today has some sober news for Republicans in this morning's paper: "President Bush's approval ratings for handling the economy, Iraq and Social Security have fallen to the lowest levels of his White House tenure."

Meanwhile, according to a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup poll taken Friday through Sunday, Bush's job approval ratings dropped six points during the month of May, to 46 percent. That missed by just one point his lowest rating to date for the ongoing USA Today poll.

Additionally, the paper finds, "Satisfaction with congressional Republicans also has sagged. By 47%-36%, those polled say the country would be better off if Democrats controlled Congress. That's the best showing for Democrats since the GOP won control of both houses of Congress in 1994."

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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