Friday, July 1, 2005

Bush 42, Clinton 41

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2005 at 8:21 AM

A new Zogby poll shows the president's televised speech this week yielded no gain in his approval rating, which in fact dropped a point from a week ago. Apparently the public wasn't taken in by this latest OrRovian gambit.

Eyebrows are being raised at Zogby's numbers on impeachment: 42% say if Bush didn't tell the truth about reasons for war in Iraq, Congress should hold him accountable through impeachment. My first thought was that's no big deal given all the partisan rancor out there. But then Think Progress put it in context:

That is a stunningly high number when you consider that only 41 percent of the American public supported Congress proceeding with impeachment hearings against President Clinton in late September 1998. This was after President Clinton's grand jury testimony was made public and just before the House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution recommending an impeachment inquiry.

Also noteworthy is Zogby's observation that Bush's job approval "remains relatively strong in the South, with 51% rating his performance favorably." If 51% is "strong" then expectations are low indeed.

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