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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Gallup-ing to new lows

As several of my fellow liberals (along with Media Matters For America) have pointed out, President Bush's poll numbers for the first trimester of his second term are not good - 45% according to a recent Gallup poll (the same Gallup that oversamples Republicans). I have produced a copy of the polling data presented by Media Matters below in order to point out a caveat with the data:

PresidentApproval ratingDate of poll
Truman57%March 6-11, 1949
Eisenhower65%March 15-20, 1957
Johnson69%March 18-23, 1965
Nixon57%March 30-April 2, 1973
Reagan56%March 8-11, 1985
Clinton59%March 24-26, 1997
Bush45%March 21-23, 2005

The caveat is this: President Johnson ascended to the presidency in the wake of the assassination of JFK in 1963, so technically, he would've been in his first elected term as president. This makes him an outlier in the data. But even compensating for that, you have to admit that the evidence is pretty damning.

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