In One Eye

Friday, June 10, 2005
Another month, another disastrous poll for the the president.
As the war in Iraq drags on, President Bush's job approval and the public's confidence in the direction he's taking the nation are at their lowest levels since The Associated Press-Ipsos poll began in December 2003.

About one-third of adults, 35 percent, said they think the country is headed in the right direction, while 43 percent said they approve of the job being done by Bush. Just 41 percent say they support his handling of the war, also a low-water mark.

"There's a bad mood in the country, people are out of sorts," said presidential scholar and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Charles Jones, who lives near Charlottesville, Va. "Iraq news is daily bad news. The election in Iraq helped some, and the formation of the government helped some, but dead bodies trump the more positive news."
Meanwhile, all the president seems to care about (this week, at least) is aggrandizing his power through the despicable USA PATRIOT Act.

Beyond that, however, it continues to be fascinating how a guy could win a national election with such awful numbers so soon after the victory.