And badly. It seems the more he talks about "fixing" Social Security, the less convincing he is. Some leader. Some mandate.
And who is telling us that Bush is actually losing support on Social Security, the more he talks about it? Our friends at Gallup:
Only one in three Americans approve of President Bush’s handling of Social Security, his lowest rating on the issue since he took office.
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll conducted Friday-Sunday found that 35% approved of Bush’s Social Security record, 56% disapproved and 9% had no opinion. That was down from three weeks ago, when 43% approved. In March 2001, just after he took office, 49% approved.
The poll showed that Democrats have made headway in their opposition to Bush. In early January, Americans divided evenly when asked whether Social Security needs major changes in the next year or two. Now 59% say it doesn’t need to be changed right away.