Thursday, June 08, 2006
More New Bush Lows
I’m sure all of will go up, now that we’ve “terminated” Zarqawi, but by how much?

Approval of President Bush's handling of Iraq dipped to 33 percent, a new low. His overall job approval was 35 percent, statistically within range of his low of 33 percent last month. The poll of 1,003 adults has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Among other findings:

_More than half, 54 percent, said it's unlikely that a stable, democratic government will be established in Iraq, a new high in AP-Ipsos polling. The survey was completed before Iraq's parliament approved three key new government ministers. Just 67 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of conservatives, and 57 percent of white evangelicals believed a stable, democratic government is likely.

_Only 68 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of white evangelicals and 51 percent of self-described conservatives — key groups in Bush's base of support — approved of his handling of Iraq.

I’m really not sure exactly what the death of Zarqawi means. I hope the government doesn’t think the American people are stupid enough to believe that one man is the cause of the civil war in Iraq, but I think that this is exactly how they are going to frame it. Some people will undoubtedly look more favorably at the Iraq War, but most… most will realize that the death of Zarqawi will not change the brewing civil war.


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