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Mandate? What Mandate?

Reported by Ellen - January 9, 2005

According to the latest AP poll and a report on FOXNews.com, Bush's approval rating is "lower than any recent two-term presidents, a troubling sign for his ambitious agenda."

According to the article, Presidents Reagan and Clinton had approval ratings of about 60% before their second inaugurations. But "Bush's approval rating is at 49 percent in the AP poll with 49 percent disapproving. His job approval is in the high 40s in several other recent polls — as low as any job approval rating for a re-elected president at the start of the second term in more than 50 years." (my emphasis)

Congress' approval ratings are even lower, according to the article: 41% approve, 53% disapprove of its job performance.

The report also indicates that people take "a dim view" of Bush's handling of Iraq - 44% approve, 54% disapprove. Bush's numbers on the economy are described as "evenly divided." His strongest numbers come on foreign policy and the war on terrorism, but even there his support is not exactly overwhelming - 50% approve, 48% disapprove.

It's funny how this story isn't in any of the FOXNews.com headlines.

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