I would like to congratulate Team Shrinking28 for maintaining your current force levels for another month. Scraping the bottom can take a lot out of a team but you have held together, steadfast behind your leader [some much closer behind than most of us find comfortable]. But hey, when you are tasked with putting lipstick on a pig, who are we to question where you put it.
Bush, Congress get record lows in AP-Ipsos poll
Jul 15, 4:38 PM (ET)
By ALAN FRAM
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's gotten even harder to find someone who thinks things are going well in this country.
Jarred by stubborn economic woes and long-lasting wars abroad, a soured public has given President Bush and Congress record low approval ratings in the Associated Press-Ipsos poll. The survey, released Tuesday, also set a new floor for the number of people saying the country is heading in the right direction.
Just 16 percent said the country is moving the right way, a virtual tie with the 17 percent who said so last month.
In addition, 28 percent said they approve of the job Bush is doing, tying his low in the AP-Ipsos survey set last April.
Congress fared even worse: a new AP-Ipsos low of 18 percent said they were happy with Congress' work, down 5 percentage points from last month.
With soaring fuel prices, ailing financial and housing markets and rising inflation, Bush got his lowest grade for handling the economy. Just 24 percent approved of how he's dealing with it, tying last month's AP-Ipsos low on that issue.
About three in 10 voiced approval for how he's handling Iraq, domestic issues and foreign affairs. All are near or tied with previous lows in the survey.
The AP-Ipsos poll began in December 2003. The record low presidential approval in the Gallup Poll came in 1952, when President Truman hit 22 percent. Since Gallup began asking about approval of Congress in 1974, the all-time low has been 18 percent, reached several times, most recently in May.
The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted from July 10-14 and involved telephone interviews with 1,000 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
---AP Director of Surveys Trevor Tompson and AP News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this report.
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