Bush's poll tumble: the fine print
As the media have noted repeatedly, the Republicans in Congress aren't faring much better in the court of opinion. Their 2005 Harris rankings, approval number first:
November 27% 69%
August 32% 64%
June 37% 58%
April 36% 61%
But there is a kicker that nearly everyone seems to have overlooked. The Democrats in Congress remain even more unpopular than their Republican counterparts. Their Harris ratings from the same periods:
November 25% 70%
August 31% 65%
June 33% 61%
April 34% 64%
It appears the grand Democratic strategy of standing back and letting the Republicans sink themselves is working roughly as well as it did in the 2004 campaign.
Read the WSJ's free-database story on the 11/17 Harris Poll.