Bush's approval rating? Forty-three percent, the lowest it has been since the poll began in 2003. Forty-one percent approve of Bush's handling of Iraq, and only 37 percent approve of his handling of Social Security. Just 35 percent of the Americans polled think that their country is headed in the right direction, another new low.
"There's a bad mood in the country. People are out of sorts," Charles Jones, a senior fellow at Brookings, tells the AP. "Iraq news is daily bad news. The election in Iraq helped some, and the formation of the government helped some, but dead bodies trump the more positive news."