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Gas is down, podium thumping is up and so are Bush’s approval ratings
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, September 28, 2006

Funny how that works, eh?

I guess this is poll day:
New Reuters/Zogby poll shows Republicans, weekly WalMart shoppers, Catholics, and men help buoy the President, but Democrats retain edge in battle for Congress

With control of Congress at stake in the crucial midterm elections six weeks away, President Bush is seeing a resurgence in support for the work he is doing, as gas prices drop and attention shifts from the war in Iraq to the war on terror, a new Reuters/Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Fifty–eight percent of the respondents gave him negative marks in the survey, which included 1,000 likely voters nationwide. The survey, conducted Sept. 22–25, 2006, carries a margin of error of +/– 3.2 percentage points.

Bush has rebounded from a low of 31% job approval in early June. Just two weeks ago, 39% gave him positive marks for his job performance. The Reuters/Zogby survey shows that members of the President’s political base are giving him better marks than they did a few months ago, as 44% of men, 44% of Catholics, 46% of married respondents, and 52% of regular WalMart shoppers rated his work well.
Wal-Mart shoppers. Yup, keep attacking Wal-Mart Dems.

Now comes the question, since his numbers are going up, will those who've been mostly distancing themselves from him and are engaged in tight races this November be more open to him campaigning for them.

Or said another way, are his poll ratings high enough to be seen with him again? The reason I ask that is this little snippet reported by Zogby:
Another alarming factor for the GOP – the reliably conservative weekly WalMart shoppers favor their local Democratic congressional candidate by a 42% to 39% edge.
Can't you see Bush and Candidate X hanging out with the Wal-Mart greeter pressing the flesh?

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the generic Democrat, he's still kickin' ass:
Democrats remain in the lead is the “generic” congressional election contest, where respondents are asked whether they intend to vote for the Republican or the Democrat in their local congressional election on Nov. 7. Their 42% to 33% edge has held steady despite Bush’s improvement in job approval.
Heh ... I love politics.
 
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Oh, and in case you were wondering about the generic Democrat, he’s still kickin’ ass
I recall Derek Bok, late of Harvard, recommending that American elections be modified to select party lists instead of single candidates. His reasoning was that it would provide more discipline to government management by avoiding the inevitable clash of personalities. Now we have another reason; it would benefit Democrats!

 
Written By: D
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OMG! I barely remember studying some kind of sociological drivel from Derek Bok back when I got my first degree in the late 1970’s, Or maybe I am remembering some stupid book I read in the 1980’s.
Oh well, let me just say that if I were hiring a young professional in any field, I would hesitate to hire anyone from Harvard, Yale, or any of the prestigious Ivy League Universities. They just learn so much hogwash there.

BTW: if that sounds anti-intellectual, well so be it.
 
Written By: kyle N
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Oh well, let me just say that if I were hiring a young professional in any field, I would hesitate to hire anyone from Harvard, Yale, or any of the prestigious Ivy League Universities. They just learn so much hogwash there.

BTW: if that sounds anti-intellectual, well so be it.
Not really anti-intellectual, just practical. I advise my clients (all in the technology industry) to stay away from Ivy League MBAs. Those guys always seem to want to run a $10 million company like a $10 billion company, because that’s what they learn in school.

Their main tool seems to be the spreadsheet, which I regard as a tool for making fiction look presentable.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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And they ain’t cheap when they can hang those particular sheepskins on their walls either....
 
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Did the pollster determine if the respondent knows the name of the Democrat for whom he/she intends to vote? or ask if he/she is a registered voter or knows where the polling place is?
 
Written By: fiona
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Did the pollster determine if the respondent knows the name of the Democrat for whom he/she intends to vote?
That’s why I keep jabbin’ my friends on the left with this. As we all know, the whole dynamic changes when names are included (and the numbers narrow significantly).
 
Written By: McQ
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Has Zogby been close in any recent election?
 
Written By: Don
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Do you think a candidate named "Generic" would gain a few extra votes?
 
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