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Latest Polling: Bush and Republican Party Approval Continues to Drop


From the latest USA Today polling: Key Bush metrics continue to drop, and favorable ratings on Republicans at the lowest point during either term of the entire Bush presidency:

"In the survey, Bush's job-approval rating was steady at 49%, in the same range where it has been for more than a year. But his standing on a series of characteristics slipped a bit to the lowest of his presidency: 54% said he was honest and trustworthy; 50% said he shared their values; and 53% said he can manage the government effectively.

Those ratings, while respectable, are 10 to 12 points lower than during his run for president in 2000. Then, voters' sense that he was honest and straightforward were among his most valuable political strengths. His current rating as a "strong and decisive leader" is 62%, about the same as in 2000.

Favorable ratings of the Republican party fell to 46%, the lowest since Bush was elected president; 52% had a favorable view of the Democratic Party."
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