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Bush lowest popularity in presidency { September 6 2003 }

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Released: September 06, 2003
Bush Numbers Hit New Low; Dean Tops List of Democratic Presidential Contenders, New Zogby America Poll Reveals

President George W. Bush’s job performance ratings have reached the lowest point since his pre-Inauguration days, continuing a steady decline since a post-9/11 peak, according to a new Zogby America poll of 1,013 likely voters conducted September 3-5.

Less than half (45%) of the respondents said they rated his job performance good or excellent, while a majority (54%) said it was fair or poor. In August Zogby International polling, his rating was 52% positive, 48% negative. Today’s results mark the first time a majority of likely voters have given the president an unfavorable job performance rating since he took office.

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A majority (52%) said it’s time for someone new in the White House, while just two in five (40%) said the president deserves to be re-elected. Last month, 45% said re-election was in order, and 48% said it was time for someone new.

A like number (52%) said the country is heading in the wrong direction, while 40% said it is the right direction.

Overall opinion of President Bush has also slipped to 54% favorable – 45% unfavorable, compared to August polling which indicated 58% favorable, 40% unfavorable.

Just two in five (40%) said they would choose Bush if the election were held today, while 47% said they would elect a Democratic candidate. In August polling, respondents were split (43% each) over President Bush or any Democratic challenger.

In the same poll, likely Democratic primary voters give a plurality of their support to former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean (16%), whose campaign has been gathering support in recent polling. He is followed by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (13%), Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman (12%), and Missouri Congressman Richard Gephardt (8%). No other candidate polled more than 3%.

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the likely Democratic primary voters said it is somewhat or very likely that President Bush will be re-elected in November 2004, regardless of how they intend to vote.

The Zogby America poll involved 1,013 likely voters selected randomly from throughout the 48 contiguous states using listed residential telephone numbers. Polling was conducted from Zogby International’s Call Center in Utica, NY. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3.2%. The Democratic candidates’ portion of the poll involved 507 respondents, and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5%.

Zogby America X-Tabs:

If the election for president were held today, for whom would you vote - the Republican George W. Bush or the Democratic candidate?
Overall opinion - George W. Bush
Overall, how would you rate President Bush's performance on the job?
Do you think President Bush deserves to be re-elected, or do you think it is time for someone new?
US Direction
Are you aware of any of the Department of Homeland Security's suggestions for dealing with a terrorist attack in the United States?
Have you implemented any Department of Homeland Security's suggestions for dealing with a terrorist attack in the United States?

Each question will include cross tabulations for the following subgroups:
First Age Group
Breakdown Second Age Group
Political Ideology
Progressive/very liberal, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Very conservative & Libertarian 2000 Presidential Vote
Gore, Bush, Buchanan, Nader & Someone else
Gender Household Income
Political Party
Democrat, Republican, Independent, & Libertarian Ethnic Group
White, non-Hispanic, Hispanic, African American, Asian/Pacific & Other/mixed
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic, Protestant/other non-denominational Christian, Jewish, Muslim & Other/no affiliation
* Region of U.S
East, South, West, & CentGrLk
White, Hispanic, African American, Asian, & Other Live
Large City, Small City, Suburbs, & Rural

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