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BrianS
11-07-2006, 06:15 AM
Bush approval rating dips to 35 percent (http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/11/06/bush.poll/index.html)

President Bush's popularity has dipped to 35 percent, according to a new CNN poll, with 41 percent of likely voters saying their disapproval of his performance will affect their vote in Tuesday's elections for control of Congress.

Sixty-one percent of the 1,008 adult Americans who responded to the Opinion Research Corp. poll said they disapproved of the way Bush is handling his job as president, according to the survey. The poll was conducted by telephone Friday through Sunday.

This finding represents a two-point decline in Bush's approval rating compared with a CNN poll conducted a week earlier. The decline is within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The new approval rating is four points lower than a survey taken two weeks ago.

In the latest poll, 41 percent of likely voters said they would be sending a message about their disapproval of Bush when they vote Tuesday. Another 42 percent said their opinion of Bush is not a factor in their congressional voting, while 16 percent said they would be sending a vote of support for Bush when they cast ballots Tuesday.

Six hundred thirty-six likely voters took part in the survey.

The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points on the question of sending a message with votes.

Democrats need a 15-seat pickup in Tuesday's elections to regain control of the House of Representatives and a gain of six seats to reclaim the Senate.

Ray G.
11-07-2006, 06:18 AM
Rasmussen has it at 45%

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 06:25 AM
Yeah. It might 'soar' to 46% today.

Poor BrianS. :)

BrianS
11-07-2006, 06:31 AM
Rasmussen has it at 45%

Its actually at 43% (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/Bush_Job_Approval.htm)

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 06:32 AM
Its actually at 43% (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/Bush_Job_Approval.htm)

Oh good. So I guess you'll open a new thread: "Bush's Job Approval rating soars to 43%!"

Ben
11-07-2006, 06:33 AM
I bet it dips to 0% by Friday.

Ray G.
11-07-2006, 06:38 AM
Its actually at 43% (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/Bush_Job_Approval.htm)

But...but...someone told me it was at 35%! :Panic:

BrianS
11-07-2006, 06:39 AM
Oh good. So I guess you'll open a new thread: "Bush's Job Approval rating soars to 43%!"

No. CNN has it at 35%
Rasmussen has it at 43%, not the 45% that Ray claimed.

If you want to average, that would be 39%.

Still to high for the worst president in our history.

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 06:50 AM
No. CNN has it at 35%
Rasmussen has it at 43%, not the 45% that Ray claimed.

If you want to average, that would be 39%.

Still to high for the worst president in our history.

Only if you're a 6 year old. A 7 year old has a different answer! :grope:

I still remember Carter.

Anyhow, if it's too high at 39% (average), then we're still doin' alright. Worst president ever, and more than a third of the country is enjoying him. :)

Woomba
11-07-2006, 06:53 AM
Only if you're a 6 year old. A 7 year old has a different answer! :grope:

I still remember Carter.

Anyhow, if it's too high at 39% (average), then we're still doin' alright. Worst president ever, and more than a third of the country is enjoying him. :)

The worst third of the country.

BrianS
11-07-2006, 06:53 AM
To take a Bendis (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/002184716.cfm?page=2) quote semi-out-of-context

“Really? 40 percent is failing on any scale, and you're going to tell me that, to you guys, that's okay? That's considered a homerun?”

BrianS
11-07-2006, 06:55 AM
The worst third of the country.

Your too kind, I'd say dumbest...

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 06:57 AM
To take a Bendis (http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/002184716.cfm?page=2) quote semi-out-of-context

“Really? 40 percent is failing on any scale, and you're going to tell me that, to you guys, that's okay? That's considered a homerun?”

We don't care. He's in office until 2008, implementing the desires of the radical right wing and alienating YOU. Who cares what a poll says? :cool:

BrianS
11-07-2006, 07:00 AM
We don't care. He's in office until 2008, implementing the desires of the radical right wing and alienating YOU. Who cares what a poll says? :cool:

As long as it makes you happy EVS...which reminds me I need to order Winger IV...

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 07:02 AM
As long as it makes you happy EVS...which reminds me I need to order Winger IV...

It fills me with mirth and glee. :D

Ray G.
11-07-2006, 07:02 AM
Your too kind, I'd say dumbest...


And quotes like this remind me why I've stopped giving a fuck what you think of me.

Ethan Van Sciver
11-07-2006, 07:09 AM
And quotes like this remind me why I've stopped giving a fuck what you think of me.


Stop it, Ray. You're alienating him. Don't disenfranchise BrianS.

BrianS
11-07-2006, 07:17 AM
And quotes like this remind me why I've stopped giving a fuck what you think of me.

Awww Ray! I still love you!

Kensington
11-07-2006, 08:06 AM
And quotes like this remind me why I've stopped giving a fuck what you think of me.I also love being called dumb by a guy who doesn't know how to spell "you're". :lol:

Ben
11-07-2006, 08:37 AM
I also love being called dumb by a guy who doesn't know how to spell "you're". :lol:What about being a guy making fun of a typo who doesn't know how to use quotation marks correctly!?

Kensington
11-07-2006, 08:50 AM
What about being a guy making fun of a typo who doesn't know how to use quotation marks correctly!?Too subtle; one would have to be a total geek to notice. Besides, retaliatory attacks deserve more wiggle room.

Kensington
11-07-2006, 08:53 AM
Double posters, however, deserve no quarter. :Oops:

BrianS
11-07-2006, 08:54 AM
I also love being called dumb by a guy who doesn't know how to spell "you're". :lol:

ooo ya got me! See what happens when you pop in and type a quick quip while you're working?

Ben
11-07-2006, 08:54 AM
Too subtle; one would have to be a total geek to notice.Damn.. the bullies were right...

Kensington
11-07-2006, 09:01 AM
ooo ya got me! See what happens when you pop in and type a quick quip while you're working?It's the not thinking you do while posting that I notice the most.

Matt Jay
11-07-2006, 09:06 AM
The righties sure are pissy.....must be election day!

Ray G.
11-07-2006, 09:36 AM
Awww Ray! I still love you!

I have no problem with you as a person. I'm sure you're a really cool guy(And I could confirm this, if you would just come to a drink-up!), but the contempt you seem to hold for right-wing voters is really off-putting.

Matt Jay
11-07-2006, 09:52 AM
This is delightful.


Candidate a no-show at Bush rally
GOP hopeful denies he snubbed the president. Rove is not pleased.
By James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
November 7, 2006

PENSACOLA, FLA. — The schedule for the GOP's Florida "victory rally" said that President Bush would be introduced to the crowd by the party's nominee for governor, Charlie Crist.

The president was there, but Crist was not. And the White House signaled its unhappiness.

With Bush doing poorly in opinion surveys, some Republican candidates have indicated that they did not want to appear with him at election season events.

Crist's campaign said that was not the case this time. It said the candidate had no need to spend his final campaign day in conservative Pensacola, the site of Monday's rally.

Still, Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist, made a snippy remark to reporters about Crist's decision to appear in other cities instead.

"Let's see how many people show up in Palm Beach on 24 hours' notice, versus 8,000 or 9,000 in Pensacola," Rove said.

He overestimated the size of the Pensacola crowd by several thousand.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-bush7nov07,0,938563.story?coll=la-home-nation

BrianS
11-07-2006, 11:13 AM
Bush's legacy, Iraq war on line in vote (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061107/pl_nm/usa_elections_dc)

Americans voted on Tuesday in elections for Congress that could curb the power of George W. Bush's Republicans, force a change of direction in Iraq and shape the legacy of a president with two years left in office.

Democrats are on course to recapture control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Republicans for the first time since 1994, opinion polls showed, with their chance of taking over the Senate hinging on several key races that are too close to call.

A majority for the party in even one chamber of Congress could slam the brakes on Bush's second-term legislative agenda, hasten his lame-duck status and give Democrats a chance to investigate his most controversial policy decisions, such as the war in Iraq.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) in some areas of the eastern United States and will start to close at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT), but it could be hours before results are known in many crucial races.

Officials and experts reported electronic voting machine malfunctions in Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Colorado and Florida, but many of the problems were minor and temporary.

"We're hearing isolated, scattered things having to do with machine malfunction, some reports ... in terms of voter suppression and intimidation," said Steven Huefner, a legal expert at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. "It's still pretty early, but I'd hoped things would be little smoother."

After a five-day swing through 10 states to fire up supporters in Republican strongholds, Bush cast his ballot near his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and urged all Americans to vote no matter which side they backed.

Ann Balentine of Des Moines, Iowa, said she was insulted by the flood of negative campaign advertising and felt that members of Congress should have their terms limited.

"I'm thinking these morons need to be out of office after eight or 12 years," she said.

For Jan Mitchell, a 54-year-old nurse voting at Miami's city hall, Iraq was the major factor.

"We've got to get out of there," she said. "We shouldn't have been there in the first place, but that is sort of beside the point."

All 435 House seats, 33 Senate seats and 36 governorships are at stake and Democrats need to pick up 15 House seats and six Senate seats to seize control of both chambers.

About 50 contested House races and 10 Senate races are the chief battlegrounds. Independent analysts predict Democrats could gain 20 to 40 House seats, while polls show races for Republican-held Senate seats in Missouri, Virginia, Tennessee, Montana and Rhode Island are too close to call.

Democrats probably need to win four of those five Senate races to take control of the chamber.

Two national opinion polls on Monday showed Democrats still held a double-digit advantage when likely voters were asked which party's candidate they would support. The new polls contradicted two surveys released on Sunday that showed Republicans closing the gap on Democrats.

History was with Democrats -- the party holding the White House traditionally loses seats in a president's sixth year.

STRONG CHALLENGES

The battle for the House will be fought largely in the East and Midwest, where scores of Republican incumbents are fighting for their political lives amid what polls show is a strong desire for change.

At least three Republican incumbents face strong challenges in Indiana and Connecticut, while four Republican-held seats in Pennsylvania and five New York seats could fall to Democrats.

In a campaign dominated by Iraq, Bush defended his handling of the war to the end, despite his low job approval ratings and growing public discontent. He questioned what Democrats would do differently and predicted Republicans would retain control of Congress.

"We have a plan for victory. We've got a strategy to win," Bush told a rally in Bentonville, Arkansas on the eve of the election. "I knew we were going to finish strong."