Poll: Bush most unpopular in modern historyThis is no surprise. This was confirmed by a Gallup Poll last week and reaffirmed in today's CNN Poll - except the CNN poll is even worse for the president. Bush is the most unpopular President in modern American history. This is part of his legacy that will go into the history books.
71% of Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling his job.
Only 15% think America is on the right track.
"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark." -- CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.What is surprising is that 28% of Americans still approve of the job Bush is doing. Both Nixon and Truman had lower approval ratings but never higher disapproval ratings. A stunning 73% see America on the wrong track, only 15% think the opposite.
Why do 28% still approve despite the direction of the country and Bush's multitude of failures? Who are these 28%ers and why do they think the way they do? I think I'd have to chalk it up to a number of things:
- A new breed of authoritarian partisans who care more about perceived principles they have formed based on insufficient or faulty information (a prime authoritarian characteristic). Stubbornly cult-like in their tenacity, they seem to put their 'personal principles' and perceptions above reality and what is good for America. Anyone who disagrees, they dismiss as the enemy, BDS, aiding the terrorists, etc.... Demographics reveal that these people are primarily white Christians. Studies have found Christian fundamentalists are often authoritarian by nature, and conservatives, stubborn by nature (failing to change habitual response patterns). Denial is very strong among those with this mindset.
- The concentrated misinformation campaign by the right wing media reinforcing false information already spewed by a lying administration. The latest - the vast Pentagon Analyst Program revealed to be nothing more than an expert propaganda program endorsed and operated by the Bush Administration. This is classic example of the weak-minded being manipulated by fear, 9/11 being the catalyst they keep coming back to.