LESS THAN HALF BELIEVE HE CAN DELIVER ON NATIONAL SECURITY
Just how bad can poll numbers get for a world leader?
In the case of President Bush, appallingly bad. Stunningly awful.
Two-thirds of Americans no longer believe he is doing a good job, only 3% of Americans think the 'War On Iraq' is going well, and more than half believe he's not doing a good enough job on keeping Americans safe from terrorism.
And probably the most disturbing number of all?
57% believe Bush had foreknowledge about the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.
From the New York Times :
The poll...found that the war in Iraq continues to take a toll on President Bush....the White House is having difficulty retaining its edge in handling terrorism.
The number of Americans who approve of Mr. Bush’s handling of....terrorism dropped to 46 percent from 54 percent over the past two weeks, suggesting that the president had failed to gain any political lift from an orchestrated set of ceremonies marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The public’s view of Iraq is as dark as it has been since the war began in 2003: two-thirds said the war was going somewhat or very badly, while only 3 percent said it was going very well. Two-thirds said they disapprove of how Mr. Bush is handling Iraq.
Mr. Bush’s job approval has slipped to 34 percent, one of the lowest levels of his presidency...
...83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents said Mr. Bush was personally aware of pre-9/11 intelligence reports that warned of possible domestic terrorist attacks using airplanes. When the same question was asked in May 2002, 41 percent said they believed Mr. Bush was aware.