Americans don't like the President anymore. Really, really don't like him. And, most Americans think his presidency is history:
President Bush?s job approval rating has fallen to just 31 percent, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. Bill Clinton?s lowest rating during his presidency was 36 percent; Bush?s father?s was 29 percent, and Ronald Reagan?s was 35 percent. Jimmy Carter?s and Richard Nixon?s lows were 28 and 23 percent, respectively. (Just 24 approve of outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld?s job performance; and 31 percent approve of Vice President Dick Cheney?s.)Unfortunately, we've got two more years of the clown. Fortunately, Congress is controlled by the Democrats so he can be reined in.
Worst of all, most Americans are writing off the rest of Bush?s presidency; two-thirds (66 percent) believe he will be unable to get much done, up from 56 percent in a mid-October poll; only 32 percent believe he can be effective. That?s unfortunate since 63 percent of Americans say they?re dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country; just 29 percent are satisfied, reports the poll of 1,006 adults conducted Thursday and Friday nights.