From the looks of this Zogby poll, Dubya is on track to lap his father's post-Iraq approval rating descent.
President George W. Bush’s job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Inauguration days, continuing a steady decline since a post-9/11 peak, according to a new Zogby America poll of 1,013 likely voters conducted September 3-5.Not only that, but his re-elect numbers may have some Republicans pondering the return of Bob Dole:
Less than half (45%) of the respondents said they rated his job performance good or excellent, while a majority (54%) said it was fair or poor. In August Zogby International polling, his rating was 52% positive, 48% negative. Today’s results mark the first time a majority of likely voters have given the president an unfavorable job performance rating since he took office.
A majority (52%) said it’s time for someone new in the White House, while just two in five (40%) said the president deserves to be re-elected. Last month, 45% said re-election was in order, and 48% said it was time for someone new.His Bush vs Dem spread is 40-47, down from 43-43.
A like number (52%) said the country is heading in the wrong direction, while 40% said it is the right direction.
What's more, this all coincides with the Democratic candidates uniting, if not behind a single candidate, but in training their guns almost exclusively on the Bush administration. This appears to be an indication that the Dean rhetorical strategy is gaining serious traction.