The survey says: The "decider" gets its wrong

A new 50-state poll shows that the president is still popular -- in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and, barely, Nebraska.


Tim Grieve
April 19, 2006 4:55PM (UTC)

George W. Bush may well be the "decider," as he proclaimed Tuesday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's good at deciding "what is best" for the country. You could ask the American people about that, or you could just take the word of SurveyUSA, which just did.

In it latest 50-state poll on the presidency, SurveyUSA finds that majorities in just four states approve of the job Bush is doing in office: Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and, barely, Nebraska. At the other end of the spectrum, little Rhode Island has become a seething hotbed of Bush disappointment, with 74 percent of the public registering disapproval. It's hardly alone: Bush has disapproval ratings of 70 percent or worse in five states and disapproval ratings of 60 percent or worse in 22 more.

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Nationally, more of the same at the White House is bringing more of the same in the polls. As the Wall Street Journal reports this morning, the president's approval rating has slipped to 35 percent in the latest Harris poll, down from 36 percent last month and close to the all-time low of 34 percent recorded in November 2005. Another sign of unhappiness with the decider in chief: Only 27 percent of those polled say they think "things in this country are going in the right direction."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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