Republicans Fear An Election Day Massacre

Washington Post

Angry conservatives are driving the approval ratings of President Bush and the GOP-led Congress to dismal new lows, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that underscores why Republicans fear an Election Day massacre.

Six months out, the intensity of opposition to Bush and Congress has risen sharply, along with the percentage of Americans who believe the nation is on the wrong track.

Conservative voters blame the White House and Congress for runaway government spending, illegal immigration and lack of action on social issues such as a constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage. Those concerns come on top of public worries about Iraq, the economy and gasoline prices.

As for his overall job performance, history suggests that Bush’s paltry 33 percent spells trouble for Republicans in the fall.

In the past six decades, only one president had a lower job approval rating six months before a midterm election _ Richard Nixon in May 1974, the year in which Watergate-scarred Republicans lost 48 seats in the House and four in the Senate.

By November, Nixon was out of a job too, having resigned the presidency in August.

One Response to “Republicans Fear An Election Day Massacre”

  1. Sherri Says:

    Both the Democrats and Republicans should be worried. All incumbents should be worried. The American people are fed up with not being listened to! We will send a message at election-time that we will not tolerate being ignored and told that politicians will decide what’s best for us. The power belongs to the people, if they choose to excercise it.

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