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February 16, 2006

Bush Negative Job Approvals in 40 of 50 States

The Bush ship continues to sink.

On average, his approval rating is 40% versus a disapproval rating of 57%.

Looking at the breakdown provided by SurveyUSA, it's not surprising he got strong negative ratings from the 19 states that voted for Kerry in 2004; what's revealing is how 21 of the states that voted for him aren't happy with him now.

Of those 21 red states, the 5 where he has the worst disapproval ratings are Ohio (60%), Colorado (58%), Iowa (58%), Arkansas (56%) and Florida (55%).

Let's juxtapose these numbers with the list of the top ten endangered incumbents from Roll Call's Stuart Rothenberg:
  • Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)
  • Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)
  • Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN)
  • Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
  • Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT)
  • Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM)
  • Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT)
  • Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN)
  • Rep. Clay Shaw (R-FL)
  • Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
Of the nine Republicans, eight are from states where Bush has negative ratings. Only one, Tom DeLay who has his own smelly can of worms to deal with, comes from a state where Bush is rated positively though not by much (49% approve, 46% disapprove).

Will Bush's unpopularity rub off on these legislators to weaken them even further? Hard to say as there are other factors involved, but if I were Dubya, I wouldn't be waiting for an invite anytime soon.

posted at 8:05 PM by Wonky Muse

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