So the Washington Post has Bush at a new low. Maybe. The Post
isn't above sampling 70% Democrats, or setting up their
demographic from Barbara Streisand's Christmas list, so we'll
see if this poll means anything or not. But it is true that
if anyone getting their news from the television or the NYT is
more pessimistic than they were a month ago. Why would that
be? The numbers of deaths in Iraq don't show it. How is it that
exaggeration and selected anecdotes can sway opinion so effectively?
Political reversals at home and continued bad news from Iraq have dragged President Bush's standing with the public to a new low, at the same time that Republican fortunes on Capitol Hill also are deteriorating, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The survey found that 38 percent of the public approve of the job Bush is doing, down three percentage points in the past month and his worst showing in Post-ABC polling since he became president. Sixty percent disapprove of his performance.