"That's just the way it is"

CNN poll measures lowest ever support for the war.

Published August 22, 2006 12:48PM (EDT)

At his press conference Monday morning, George W. Bush said he's doing what he thinks is right. "And if, you know, if people don't like me for it," he said, "that's just the way it is."

Yes, it is.

The president's approval rating has ticked up ever so slightly in a new CNN poll -- he's at 42 percent now -- but that's about the end of the good news for him there. Fifty-four percent of Americans say the president isn't honest or trustworthy; 58 percent say he doesn't inspire confidence; and 51 percent say he doesn't understand complex issues.

Case in point: Iraq. Just 35 percent of CNN's respondents say they support the U.S. war in Iraq, the lowest level of support for the war CNN has ever measured.

By Tim Grieve

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

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