Bush's Sinking Approval Ratings

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Every time a new poll gets released, President Bush's approval ratings sink lower and lower. He's down into the low 30s in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. While that's not quite Richard Nixon or Jimmy Carter numbers, it's getting perilously close.

You start knocking on 20s' door, and suddenly you're in a club so exclusive no one wants to join. Nixon tanked because of Vietnam and Watergate. Carter struggled through a disastrous economy and the Iranian hostage crisis.

Whether you love the president or not, low poll numbers are not a good thing. The worst thing a president can be viewed as is ineffectual or out of touch with the American people.

Assume you are a world leader. You have a meeting with the president. His numbers have tanked. Are you looking over his shoulder to see who's next? I wonder.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on manyCBS Radio News affiliates across the country.


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