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  • Public reproves Bush, Congress

    first_imgWASHINGTON – The caustic, four-month-long Iraq stalemate between President George W. Bush and the Democratic-led Congress has produced plenty of sharp rhetoric, one veto and a dismal public view of both the president and his Capitol Hill adversaries. In an AP-Ipsos poll, a scant 35 percent of people said they approve of the overall job Bush is doing – the same amount who rated Congress positively. That represented a 5 percentage point drop for lawmakers since last month, and it left Bush at the same meager level he has been stuck at for months. That’s near his record low in the AP-Ipsos poll of 32 percent last January. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was viewed more favorably than either Congress or Bush, but she faces problems of her own, including a gender gap that shows significantly fewer men than women behind her. Her support is also eroding among younger voters and other groups. In a rare instance of bipartisanship, members of both parties point to Iraq as the culprit. “Everything revolves around the war,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “I support the president, but the fact is it’s unpopular right now.” “The American public is siding with Democrats” in opposing the Iraq war, said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. But if Bush and Congress don’t reach agreement on war legislation soon, “it would put both sides in a situation where everybody would start losing.” After taking control of Congress and promising change in January, Democrats have pushed bills on stem cell research, student loans and minimum wage. Little of significance, though, has been signed into law. Rising gasoline prices could also be a factor in lawmakers’ unpopularity, but lawmakers concur that Iraq has overshadowed everything. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more