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Down below 50%: Bush poll numbers hit new low

President George W. Bush's job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Inauguration days, continuing a steady decline since a post-9/11 peak, according to a new Zogby America poll of 1,013 likely voters conducted September 3-5.

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Released: September 06, 2003
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President George W. Bush's job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Inauguration days, continuing a steady decline since a post-9/11 peak, according to a new Zogby America poll of 1,013 likely voters conducted September 3-5.

Less than half (45%) of the respondents said they rated his job performance good or excellent, while a majority (54%) said it was fair or poor. In August Zogby International polling, his rating was 52% positive, 48% negative. Today's results mark the first time a majority of likely voters have given the president an unfavorable job performance rating since he took office.

Bush Job Performance
Positive %
Negative %

September 2003
45
54

August 2003
52
48

July 2003
53
46

March 2003
54
45

September 2002
64
36

September 2001
82
17

August 2001
50
49

January 2001
42
36


A majority (52%) said it's time for someone new in the White House, while just two in five (40%) said the president deserves to be re-elected. Last month, 45% said re-election was in order, and 48% said it was time for someone new.

A like number (52%) said the country is heading in the wrong direction, while 40% said it is the right direction.

Overall opinion of President Bush has also slipped to 54% favorable - 45% unfavorable, compared to August polling which indicated 58% favorable, 40% unfavorable.

Just two in five (40%) said they would choose Bush if the election were held today, while 47% said they would elect a Democratic candidate. In August polling, respondents were split (43% each) over President Bush or any Democratic challenger.

In the same poll, likely Democratic primary voters give a plurality of their support to former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean (16%), whose campaign has been gathering support in recent polling. He is followed by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (13%), Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman (12%), and Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt (8%). No other candidate polled more than 3%.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the likely Democratic primary voters said it is somewhat or very likely that President Bush will be re-elected in November 2004, regardless of how they intend to vote.

The Zogby America poll involved 1,013 likely voters selected randomly from throughout the 48 contiguous states using listed residential telephone numbers. Polling was conducted from Zogby International's Call Center in Utica, NY. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.2%. The Democratic candidates' portion of the poll involved 507 respondents, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.
just goes to show you 07.Sep.2003 14:36

poll watcher

"Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the likely Democratic primary voters said it is somewhat or very likely that President Bush will be re-elected in November 2004, regardless of how they intend to vote."

That the democrats can be just as brainwashed as anyone else. How the hell could Bush win the election without massive voter fraud? Look at his record, and the number of people who have stopped supporting him. He's a sinking ship, and the top republicans already know it, but the media still preserves the illusion of the Bush Juggernaut. Talk about living in a fantasy world. Well, with the media reporting the sinking polls maybe that fantasy will be shattered for those who still believe it.

How? 08.Sep.2003 12:27

brown cow

"How the hell could Bush win the election without massive voter fraud?"

How about by a fractured and ineffective Democratic party?

Grassroots Democrats need to stop their bickering and move their best to the top of the list ASAP.