The American people give failing marks to both Bush and Congress.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The American people seem to be in a bad mood when it comes to evaluating President Bush and the Democratically-controlled Congress, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll indicates.
According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans deem Bush's presidency a "failure," while 55 percent say the same for the Democratic Congress. Meanwhile, 40 percent call Bush's presidency a success, while only 37 percent give that mark to Congress. (Full poll results [PDF])
It’s not all bad news for Democrats. By a 48 to 35 percent margin, Americans say they have more confidence in the Democrats than in Bush to deal with the major issues facing the country today. Confidence in the Democrats has, however, dropped six points since a similar poll in November. (Watch CNN's Bill Schneider analyze the lastest poll numbers)
“The public clearly doesn't like what it sees coming out of Washington these days,” explains CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Most Americans think the Bush presidency is a failure; most say the Democratic Congress has been a failure this year as well.”
“But politics is a zero-sum game,” notes Holland. “Voters wind up having to choose one side or the other. The good news for the Democrats is that Americans still have more confidence in them than in Bush. The bad news: the number who have more confidence in the Democrats has dropped since last year, and is now under 50 percent.”
The poll, conducted August 6-8, includes interviews of 1,029 Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney