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.