GOP melt­down?

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The latest poll from Newsweek finds Pres­i­dent Bush’s ap­proval rat­ing at an all-time low of 28 per­cent, and in­di­cates that Mr. Bush’s un­pop­u­lar­ity may be drag­ging down the Repub­li­can Party and its 2008 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates.

“The last pres­i­dent to be this un­pop­u­lar was Jimmy Carter, who also scored a 28 per­cent ap­proval in 1979,” the mag­a­zine re­ports in its is­sue pub­lished May 7. “This re­mark­ably low rat­ing seems to be cast­ing a dark shadow over the GOP’s chances for vic­tory in ‘08. The Newsweek Poll finds each of the lead­ing Demo­cratic con­tenders beat­ing the Repub­li­can front-run­ners in head-to-head matchups.”

In the pres­i­den­tial poll, Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, New York Demo­crat, tops for­mer New York Mayor Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani 49 per­cent to 46 per­cent among reg­is­tered vot­ers, beats Ari­zona Sen. John McCain 50 per­cent to 40 per­cent, and crushes for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney 57 per­cent to 35 per­cent.

Illi­nois Sen. Barack Obama, the poll shows, would also beat Mr. Gi­u­liani (50-43), Mr. McCain (5239), and Mr. Rom­ney (58-29). For­mer North Carolina Sen. John Ed­wards also out­polls Mr. Gi­u­liani (50-44), Mr. McCain (52-42) and Mr. Rom­ney (64-27).

The Newsweek poll was based on tele­phone in­ter­views May 1-2 with 831 reg­is­tered vot­ers, with a mar­gin of er­ror of 4 per­cent­age points.

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