Skip to comments.Bush Approval Rating Jumps Six Points
Posted on 05/14/2006 6:52:29 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
President Bush's job approval rating has jumped six points in the wake of a media barrage of criticism over his administration's telephone records collection program.
A Harris Interactive poll published in The Wall Street Journal Online on Friday had Bushs approval rating at an all time low - with just 29 percent of Americans saying they liked the way he was handling his job.
The Harris survey polled 1,003 adults on May 5-8 - before USA Today frontpaged their report on the National Security Agency's telephone records collection program.
A Gallup survey released Friday yielded a similar result, with just 31 percent giving Bush a positive job approval rating.
A Newsweek survey released on Sunday, however, found that the president's approval numbers had improved markedly, with 35 percent saying he was doing a good job. Newsweek polled 1,007 adults on May 11 and 12 and asked specifically about the NSA's phone record collection program, which USA Today's first reported on Thursday, May 11.
An ABC/Washington Post poll taken in the immediate aftermath of the USA Today report found overwhelming support for the anti-terror program, with 63 percent of those surveyed saying they supported the records gathering operation. 44 percent said they "strongly" endorsed it, while just 35 percent were opposed to the operation.
65 percent of those surveyed told ABC/Post pollsters that it was more important to investigate potential terrorist threats "even if it intrudes on privacy."
The Newsweek survey, however, turned up a different results, with a slim majority of those surveyed - 53 percent - telling the magazine that the NSAs surveillance program "goes too far in invading peoples privacy."
Tony Snow will be a good thing for Bush.
Bush is already starting to fool all of the people some of the time. I can't wait till he gets to the part where he can't fool all the people all the time.
35% is nothing to celebrate. The media continues to poll "adults" rather than likely voters or even registered voters.
I'm convinced most of them would say Roosevelt ~
You don't compair two different companies' polling reports and say there is a jump of 6 points. They use different methodologies.
I don't think you can compare different polls like this to determine public reaction to the news. The methodology differs from poll to poll, so the real indicator is the trend within each poll - which may tell the same story, of course.
You beat me to it.
Comparing polls from two different polling companies? Sheesh...Newsmax can really be pathetic sometimes.
If he promotes and enforcement first policy on illegal immigration his numbers with likely voters will surge.
Give me a poll with a track record of accuracy, and I might care.
Harris does not qualify. Nor does Newsweek.
A wild lefty liberal co-worker accosted me at work and declared: "George Bush is listening to your phone calls, what do you think of that?
My immediate thought was: how does he keep himself awake?, as I usually get shopping lists from Mrs. Patriot. Somehow I don't think this is going to make my life worse.
I won't miss you at all.
No, not a bad thing.....I voted for him twice thinking I was voting for a conservative president. It now seems that he is actually a globalist/trilateralist puppet that can only play 2nd oboe in the global orchestra to Vincente Fox.
It looks like he will go down in the annals of history as the Republican Party's "Jimmy Carter".....sad, sad, sad.
It's not as bad as "Hillary Clinton puts in for Purple Heart."
So what did you say to your co-worker?
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