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Away From Home

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Half of all Kansans disapprove of Bush

The group SurveyUSA has just released its latest nationwide polls on the popularity of George W. Bush.

The Kansas numbers are 46% approve and 50% disapprove.

That's right -- for the first time, more Kansans disapprove of the job Bush is doing than approve. In fact, only one percent higher, and we could say that most Kansans disapprove. And this is in a state that went overwhelmingly red just one year ago!

The national figures are just as astounding (well, not really astounding for those of us who have been paying attention). In only 10 states do more people approve than disapprove. TEN!

And remember the big 2004 battleground of Ohio? The state that Bush barely squeaked out to capture the win? Only 37% of Ohioans currently approve of Bush, versus 60% who disapprove.

A little voter's remorse, have we?

The nationwide aggregate isn't much better -- 41% approve, 55% disapprove.

Don't think the GOP monarchs haven't noticed, either, as they're fleeing the wreckage of the Bush administration like rats (see, e.g. Frist's latest stem-cell flip-flop).

Fortunately, this means that us Dems won't have to deal with a GOP candidate in 2008 who gets the benefit of leftover goodwill toward the previous administration. The playing field will be level (or if anything, tilted *toward* the Democrats). Unfortunately, we still have to suffer through two and a half more years of this administration's ineptitude. At least the public is waking up enough to finally oppose Bush.


  • I think that people are more likely to respond to polls over the phone or door-to-door than to trek to the polls for an election. I seem to remember that the overwhelming majority that approved the gay marriage ban (60% of voters) only represented 25% of the registered voters in the state of Kansas. In fact, the overwhelmingly red majority was a surprise, since polls had shown huge leads for Democratic candidates in many of the state contests. It would be interesting to find the results of a similar survey from a year ago.

    By Blogger Mela, at 8/17/2005 01:52:00 PM  

  • There are still a few years to go before 2008. Many things can happen by then...AR

    By Blogger Raymond's Edge, at 8/17/2005 09:14:00 PM  

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