Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Another Pony for Holden


ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- President Bush's job approval
ratings are at their lowest point of his presidency as only 40 percent of U.S.
adults have a favorable opinion of his job performance, while 58 percent have
a negative opinion. This is a decline from just two months ago in June when
the president's ratings were 45 percent positive and 55 percent negative. Much
of this decline can be tied to the public's opinion on important issues. The
war has climbed to the top of the most important issues list and the economy
is now the second most important issue.
These are some of the results of a new Harris Poll of 1,217 U.S. adults
surveyed by telephone by Harris Interactive(R) between August 9 and 16, 2005.


In looking at the ratings of individual leaders in Congress, they hold
pretty steady from June. Both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay have positive ratings of 28 percent, but more than
half of adults (54%) give a negative rating to DeLay as compared to the 49
percent negative rating for Frist. The Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert,
has a 26 percent positive rating and 46 percent negative rating, and Senate
Minority Leader Harry Reid is at 24 percent positive and 47 percent negative.