CBS NEWS POLL
For release: February 27, 2006
PRESIDENT BUSH, THE PORTS, AND IRAQ
February 22-26, 2006
The Bush Administration faces a public overwhelmingly opposed to
the agreement to give a Dubai-owned firm operational control over
six American ports, and more pessimistic about the situation in
Iraq than ever before. This, along with reminders of the massive
impact of Hurricane Katrina and negative assessments of how the
government and the President have handled it for six months, has
brought the President’s approval ratings down to new lows.
George W. Bush now receives the lowest marks of his Presidency,
even on fighting terrorism, a measure that has long been his
strongest suit. Half of Americans now disapprove of how he is
handling that effort, while 43% approve.
BUSH’S HANDLING OF WAR ON TERROR
A large majority of Republicans still approves of the President’s
handling of terrorism, although their approval, like that of all
adults, has dropped nine points in the last month, to 78% now.
Most Democrats and Independents disapprove.
Bush’s overall job rating has tumbled, too, to an all-time low in
this poll. It is now 34%, down from 42% last month. 59%
disapprove. The previous low of 35% came last October, one month
after Hurricane Katrina, shortly after the withdrawal of Harriet
Miers from a Supreme Court nomination and just after U.S. deaths
in Iraq reached the 2,000 mark. Not since November 2004 has a
majority approved of the President’s overall performance.
PRES. BUSH JOB APPROVALS
Ratings for the President’s handling of the Iraq war have also
plummeted, to their all-time low of 30%. And approval of his
handling of the economy is als