They like me, they're like me

Who still supports Bush? People like Bush.

Published August 8, 2007 11:06AM (EDT)

If you've ever found yourself asking who could still approve of the job George W. Bush is doing, the Associated Press' Deb Riechmann has the answer for you: The people who still like Bush are people a lot like Bush.

Based on a recent AP-Ipsos poll, Riechmann builds a "composite" of the Bush supporter, circa July 2007: "a conservative, white, Republican man, an evangelical Christian who goes to church regularly."

That "regularly" part is important. As Riechmann notes, 56 percent of white evangelicals who attend church every week still support Bush, but only 44 percent of all white evangelicals do.

Overall, Bush's approval rating stands at 33 percent in the most recent AP-Ipsos poll, which was taken in the middle of last month. That's low, but not as low as the 29 percent approval Newsweek found when it polled Americans at the start of August.

By Tim Grieve

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

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