Bush Poll Not Accurate, GOP Says

By Carolyn Bolls | July 7, 2008 | 8:31pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A recent poll reveals that only 35 percent of adults believe the United States is on the right track under President Bush's leadership. The media, some say, might have contributed to Bush's low ratings, while others disputed the accuracy of the poll.

The phone poll, conducted by Ipsos for the Associated Press from June 6 through June 8, surveyed 1,001 adults, 854 of which were registered voters. Forty percent of those surveyed said they were Republicans, and 50 percent Democrats. The largest age group, 31 percent, was between the ages of 18-34.

"This is a closely divided nation, and the poll does not accurately reflect that," Danny Diaz, the Republican National Committee's Deputy Communications Director, told Cybercast News Service.

When asked if the media is responsible for the public's opinion of President Bush, Diaz said that it is "difficult to glean any conclusion from a poll that doesn't accurately reflect the demographic makeup in this country."

Charles Jones, a presidential scholar and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, considered the media's coverage of war casualties to be an influence on the public's opinion.

"Iraq news is daily bad news. The election in Iraq helped some, and the formation of the government helped some, but dead bodies trump the more positive news," Jones said.

The poll revealed that 41 percent approve of how Bush is handling the war in Iraq, and 45 percent approve of how he is handling foreign policy and the war on terrorism.

Congress proved to have the highest disapproval rating at 64 percent.

A Gallup survey, also conducted June 6 through June 8, showed a more even split in the public's opinion of Bush - 47 percent of Americans approve and 49 percent disapprove of Bush's job performance.

The Ipsos and Gallup polls both had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

On Friday, a Democratic National Committee press release said that the Republican Party wants to "change the subject" with their "leadership's efforts to distract the American people from their failed record."

Howard Dean, chairman of the DNC, accused the Republican Party on NBC's "Today Show" of trying to "divert attention ... from the issues that really matter."

Josh Earnest, spokesperson for the DNC, told Cybercast News Service that "the polls speak for themselves, and the American public is being heard."

Earnest said that the polls were a fair reflection of the public's opinion of President Bush.

"The problem with Republicans," Earnest said, "is that they are more concerned about what the Democrats are saying rather than what they are doing themselves."

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