So Much For The Post-SOTU Bounce

Historically, presidents get a little boost in the polls after a State of the Union address. It makes some sense -- the nation gets to hear a president's pitch, while seeing him get rounds of applause.

Bush, however, manages to see his popularity drop after his SOTU.

It's almost as if people can barely stand the thought of President Bush and Congress anymore. Bush reached his lowest approval rating in The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on Friday as only 30 percent said they like the job he is doing, including an all-time low in his support by Republicans....

Bush's acceptance by his own party is at bottom in the AP-Ipsos poll. Just 61 percent of Republicans gave Bush positive reviews; his previous low was 65 percent last month. Only 28 percent of them expressed strong approval.

About one in 10 Democrats and three in 10 independents gave Bush positive marks.

A couple of weeks ago, White House officials were "predicting a remarkable poll shift to about 45 percent favorable by the time he leaves office next year."

They're off to a bad start.


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