Lowered Expectations

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Powerline Paul:

The latest Fox News poll shows that President Bush’s approval rating has risen by 6 percentage points during the past three weeks. It now stands at a not so lofty but not dreadful 42 percent.

42 percent — even if it is true — is dreadful, historically speaking (see, example, Clinton’s approval ratings through out his eight year term — almost never below 50% (and never as low as 42% in any poll) — and usually over 60%).  I guess the expectations for Bush are so low, even among his supporters, that 42% is good news.