Friday, June 15, 2007

Americans in a very dark mood

Look out D.C.!

You are out of touch and are apparently unaware of the fury in the hinterlands

Crooks and Liars:

Wall Street Journal - An increasingly gloomy political environment has soured Americans on President Bush and Congress, scrambled the Republicans’ 2008 field, and strengthened Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lead, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

As the Iraq war drags on and Washington is embroiled in inconclusive policy debates, just 19% of Americans now say the nation is head in the right direction. More than three times that proportion, 68%, say things in the U.S. are “off on the wrong track.” That’s approaching the most pessimistic mood in the history of the WSJ/NBC poll.

At the same time, Mr. Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to his lowest-ever level of 29%, while 66% disapprove his handling of the presidency. The telephone survey of 1,008 adults, conducted June 8 to 11 by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and his Democratic counterpart Peter Hart, carries a margin for error of 3.1 percentage points.

The fallout from that bleak mood affects the Democratic-controlled Congress as well as the Republican president. Just 23% of Americans approve the performance of Congress, matching the finding of the Journal/NBC poll from one year ago as the Republicans then holding House and Senate majorities headed toward defeat in November mid-term elections.

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