The Bush Mandate
What’s that shrinking sound? It’s the sound of Bush’s “mandate” getting smaller and smaller. Public confidence in the nation’s general direction, and Bush’s job performance, have slipped during the first few weeks of his second term.
The poll was taken February 7th through 9th, after the State of the Union speech and the Iraqi elections.
In January, adults were evenly divided over Bush’s job performance. Now they disapprove 54% to 45%. In January 51% thought the country was headed in the wrong direction; now that view is held by 58%.
Currently, 42% approve of Bush’s handling of Iraq; 57% disapprove. A month ago it was 44% approval and 54% disapproval.
Only about 40% approved of his handling of domestic policy in general. Social Security wasn’t mentioned in the survey, but some political scientists believe Bush’s obsession with privatizing Social Security has contributed to his dwindling numbers.