August 21, 2003

President's Job Approval Numbers Remain Remarkably Consistent

But that's not what a headline on CNSNews today says: Poll Tracks President Bush's 'Worsening Numbers'

A new Zogby International poll, dated Aug. 21, says President Bush's job approval rating continues to slip. It's now 52 percent positive, 48 percent negative, according to a poll of 1,011 likely U.S. voters, compared with a peak of 82 percent positive following the Sept. 11 attacks.

But I checked data from another poll from two years ago which states:

Bush registered a 52% job-approval rating

This would seem to indicate that if we ignore the events of 9/11 and their aftermath on the economy and the world -- as so many who wish to demonize the President and his policies are wont to do -- then the public's perception of President Bush's job performance remains remarkably consistent over time. As usual, it all depends on how you want to pick your data to provide the desired storyline.

But at least I'm honest about it.

Posted by Charles Austin at August 21, 2003 02:06 PM