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Poll: Bad News for Bush

Reported by Judy - June 30, 2004 -

Fox News likes to play fast and loose with its poll numbers but it ventured onto thin ice June 30 when it invited a pollster to talk about his own polling.

At 8:25 a.m., Fox and Friends featured Scott Rasmussen, from rasmussenreports.com, to discuss his recent polls. On the presidential race, Rasmussen found the same statistical dead-heat that other polls are finding. More interesting were Rasmussen's findings about Americans' opinions of the job Bush is doing in Iraq.

Discussing the recent departure of Paul Bremer from Iraq and the assumption of "power" by the new Iraqi prime minister, Rasmussen said Americans seem to be unimpressed. The number of Americans saying Bush is doing a "poor" job in Iraq actually went up 7 points, to 47 percent, the highest it's been all year. (Good or excellent was at 40 percent.) As Rasmussen put it, Americans are not impressed with a paper transfer, but "want to see if something real happens."

All that Fox News hype on Monday apparently went for naught.

Co-host Steve Doocy tried to milk some good-for-the-GOP news out of Rasmussen, getting him to say Tom Daeschle is in a too-close-to-call race in South Dakota and that a recent New York Times poll showed Kerry lost eight points in the last month.