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Friday, July 18, 2003


Let The Bush-Tossing Begin!

posted by Trammell at Friday, July 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A new poll from Zogby, with some surprising results. Even though 75% think it doesn't really matter whether or not we find WsMD, and even though they still give Bush job favorables (just barely) over 50%, they now believe it is time for a change:
For the first time, more likely voters (47%) say it's time for someone new in the White House, compared to 46% who said the President deserves to be re-elected.
Zogby continues:
"What has been propping up the President in the past few months is his personal favorability rating. To me, what is most ominous is this alone has slipped 9 points in the past month. If he cannot count on a large majority of Americans to like him personally, this could spell doom for his re-election hopes because he has little support for his overall performance and how he is rated on the issues."
Well, what goes up....see all the Zogby results here.

UPDATE: Thanks to Theresa on the SquawBox for pointing out this Eleanor Clift column from MSNBC:
Zogby cautions that these numbers are preliminary, but he expects the trend to hold. “He’s falling like a rock,” he says. Pitted against a Democrat, Bush comes in at 47.5 percent; the Democrat at 43 percent.

Question: Can rocks fly? Answer: Only if you throw them -- out!


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