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7 of 10 Americans Disapprove of Handling of Iraq War

by Pamela Leavey

Bush’s approval is still at the bottom of the barrel and it does not appear that will change any time in the near future. The negativity surrounding the Iraq war is the biggest contributor to Bush’s bad showing in the polls and the WaPo reports today that the “negative assessments” of Iraq, could “continue to hold down President Bush’s job approval ratings and could cast a pall on the final two years of his presidency.”

In a new Post-ABC News poll, seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation in Iraq — the highest percentage since the March 2003 invasion. Six in 10 say the war was not worth fighting.

While both gauges on the war have been negative since late 2004, Bush’s approval rating on Iraq has deteriorated further since early October, likely weakened by recent high-profile criticisms of the administration’s Iraq policy.

The bleak appraisals of the war include the release last week of the much-anticipated report from the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan government advisory panel, which described conditions in Iraq as “grave and deteriorating.”

With evident public skepticism about the situation in Iraq, the war remains the president’s biggest challenge and the heaviest drag on his overall approval rating.

In this poll, 36 percent approve of how Bush is handling his job, which is the second lowest percentage in Post-ABC polls since Bush took office in 2001; 62 percent disapprove.

Topping it off, Bush’s pitiful approval rating and the “public’s deep doubts about the war in Iraq put the president in a tight political position as he prepares, for the first time, to face a Congress controlled by the Democrats.”

The Lame Duck will be facing off against a Congress that is determined to makes some serious changes in this country. Talk about a “a new way forward,” the Democratic leadership actually has a plan, while the Bush administration flounders to find support for their ‘stay the course’ meme, that has reincarnated and morphed into a different slogan almost weekly, for months.

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