According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 82 percent of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The same survey recorded a record-low approval rating for President Bush. Sixty-two percent of Republicans, a group that still favors the president, take a negative view of the country’s direction.
The president’s 31 percent approval rating is the lowest of his career in Post-ABC polls, and represents the 38th consecutive month his approval rating has been under 50 percent. At the same time, the percentage of Americans with a gloomy outlook about the country in the new poll has jumped to within a point of its June 1992 high: 82 percent now think things in the United States have veered pretty seriously off on the wrong track.
The intensity of opinion continues to go against the president: The number of Americans who strongly disapprove of his job performance is more than triple the number of his ardent backers. And just 8 percent of political independents now strongly approve, a new low; seven times as many strongly disapprove.
Nearly seven in 10 Republicans continue to back the president; about nine in 10 Democrats disapprove.
Partisanship also colors public opinion about the country’s direction, but Democrats, Republicans and independents alike share increasingly negative views. Democrats are nearly universal in their pessimism (95 percent said “wrong track”), and most independents (86 percent) and Republicans (62 percent) agree.