Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Good News for Bush

As it turns out the President does not have the lowest approval ratings of any President in modern times. In The Washington Post article Bush Suffers Erosion in Conservative Base, Bush actually comes in third among Presidents for the lowest approval rating at any point of presidency (May 11, 2006). The poll shows the percentage of poll respondents who said they approved of the job the President was doing, and although Bush’s May 2006 numbers show on a 31% approval rating this is above Truman in November 1951 at 23%, Nixon in August of 1974 at 23%, and Carter in June of 1979 at 28% (Washington Post, May 11, 2006).
But, G.H.W. Bush never got below 33%, Johnson below 35%, Ford below 37%, Reagan below 42%, Clinton below 43%, Eisenhower below 48%, and Kennedy at a whopping 56% (Washington Post, May 11, 2006).
So the American people feel that Bush is doing better than Truman who got American into the Korean War, Nixon who was impeached, lied to Congress and the country, and Carter who allowed Castro to dump over 100,000 Cuban criminals onto our shores and then allowed them to stay.
Just so you all know, Bush is not going to replace Cheney even though that might increase his approval ratings. Bush knows that an impeachment process takes a long time, and almost across the board everyone agrees that impeaching Bush and thus making Cheney President would be even worse. I am glad though that while the country is engaged in a tough immigration debate, where he stands on the wrong side of the debate, he figures it would be better to go out and talk about his complicated and ineffective prescription drug plan. Personally, I think he still has plenty of time to catch Truman.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Truman had a low approval rating at that point, history has had a much kinder view of him. Do you think, long term, that Bush will be as lucky? I guess time will be the "decider."

Fri May 12, 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Sure, history will be kinder to Bush because he...uh...did...uh... a nice comedy show at the White House Press Dinner.

Fri May 12, 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

And this is good news because...?

Fri May 12, 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QuakerDave, sarcasm must not be one of your strong points. Although Bush might have made the one move that could actually lead to an immediate bump in his approval ratings by those who voted for him, and that is to as rumored, place the National Guard along the border. If he does, I would predict a 5% or more increase in his approval ratings.

Fri May 12, 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

All signs point to the fact that Bush is going to move the National Guard along the border and he will announce it Monday night. If he does, I predict a bump in his overall approval ratings. The liberals will still be against him but his base will show some signs of support.

Mon May 15, 01:01:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

I recant this prediction. I was wrong and I am willing to admit it. We are getting some National Guard but not enough and the President is going to push for amnesty too. No one is getting what they want here and his numbers are not going to bounce up.

Tue May 16, 12:43:00 AM  

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