Polls

This is from a Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll released today.

Bush’s overall job approval stands at 44%, while solid majorities disapprove of his handling of the situation in Iraq (56% disapprove) and the economy (55%). Even on terrorism, the president’s strongest issue, his approval rating stands at 49%  the lowest level since the Sept. 11 attacks. Despite this erosion, however, most voters continue to believe that Bush, not Kerry, would do a better job of defending the country from future terrorist attacks (by 53%-35%).Bush also holds a 47%-41% advantage over Kerry as the candidate best able to handle Iraq. As in the past, more voters express confidence in Kerry than Bush to deal with the economy and improve the nation’s health care system.

This is bizarre.

How can one explain that 56% disapprove of Bush’s handling of the situation in Iraq, but 47% believe that he is the best candidate to handle Iraq.

Likewise, how can it be explained that only 49% approve of Bush’s stand on terrorisn, but, over half – 53%, believe that Bush would do a better job of defending the country from future terrorist attacks.

It sounds to me like Kerry has not convinced voters that he has a better plan for Iraq. So we’re at the point where the voters know they don’t like what Bush is doing, but still aren’t sure if Kerry wil be any better.

Not a good place to be this late in the game.

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