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September 28, 2006

Where are the headlines?

Bush cracks 50th percentile favorability.

Posted by Karol at 09:02 AM |
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Think it had anything to do with Clinton’s meltdown?

Posted by: sam at September 28, 2006 at 12:12 pm

sam:
I don’t think that anyone other than Bush fans even cared about Clinton losing his cool.
I would attribute it to the economy and that people are starting to tune out the repetitive bad news from Iraq.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at September 28, 2006 at 1:02 pm

I disagree, Joe. Link

Posted by: sam at September 28, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Statistical noise. The 51% approval is about as indicative of his popularity as the 42% that he got in May. 47% average for the year is probably a better measure.

Posted by: David at September 28, 2006 at 3:25 pm

It actually makes no difference to me…. he was re-elected, he’s not running, who cares about his approval rating. It’s just that every time his level dips, the AOL main page runs a poll ‘He’s at his lowest level ever! Rate him now!’ and CNN, ABC and every other MSM news organization just can’t stop talking about his low rating. But when it climbs back up-silence.

Posted by: Karol at September 28, 2006 at 3:46 pm

With all due respect Karol, this is one poll. I suspect if there were more showing dramatic gains, such as getting over 50%, the media would touch it. As for who cares about his approval rating….let’s see….close Senate races in Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, lots of vulnerable House GOPers. And make no mistake. If the GOP loses a host of seats in November, you better believe that McCain will stick it to Bush even more than before and that’s bad for the President. The nation would see a McCain nomination in 2008 as a repudiation of the President and my lady Clio, muse of history, would certainly notice.

Posted by: Von Bek at September 28, 2006 at 4:20 pm

he was re-elected, he’s not running
It’s funny that you wrote that, because my first thought was, “Quick, declare candidacy for something!!”
the AOL main page runs a poll ‘He’s at his lowest level ever! Rate him now!’
This also makes me chuckle. I can see a smarmy circus carney, named AOL, yelling at every passer-by, “Quick, get in line we’re bashing the president. It’s going to be SOOO much fun. Look at this line, everyone is in it. Get in line with us. You’ll like it. Let’s go… We’re going to pound his ratings in New Hampshire, in South Carolina, in Oklahoma, … yyeeeeaaaarrrrrggghhh!!!”

Posted by: Anonymous at September 28, 2006 at 4:59 pm

That was me… click-n-fire too fast.

Posted by: David at September 28, 2006 at 5:01 pm

For Democrats who decided to run against Bush instead of their opponents, Bush’s approval rating matters a great deal, I think.
Wonder how Lamont is sleeping these days?

Posted by: Mark Poling at September 29, 2006 at 9:36 am

I think it matters for Republicans who are thinking of using Bush as a supporter too.

Posted by: dan the x-Republican at September 29, 2006 at 9:47 am

I just saw the cover of the times.
“Bush’s approval ROCKETS past 50%”

Posted by: dan the x-Republican at September 29, 2006 at 10:46 am

Hillary Clinton is at 58 percent in a major poll (CBS/New York Times) and no one noticed that either.
41 percent of New Yorkers don’t want Hillary Clinton re-elected, matching a trend with her unfavorables, yet no one covered her failure to get any “bump” after a primary win.
There will he headlines on President George W. Bush when enough journalists start critically covering Senator Clinton.

Posted by: Bob Fois at September 29, 2006 at 11:09 pm

That’s her ceiling Bob. Anyone will get 40% against Hillary. She’s a polarizing figure. It’s not news.

Posted by: Karol at September 30, 2006 at 1:43 pm

That’s her ceiling Bob. Anyone will get 40% against Hillary. She’s a polarizing figure. It’s not news.
Don’t they say that 40% will always vote Repub and 40% will always for Dem, and that an election is usually a fight for the middle 20%? I would read this as Hillary gets all of the undecideds and independents. 40% is the ceiling for her opponents, no?

Posted by: David at October 2, 2006 at 3:36 pm
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