The good news is that the latest Pew Research Center poll shows Bush’s approval rating at 33%. The bad news is that a major part of the reason why is his championing of the Dubai ports deal:
In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President Bush’s approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged. Yet the public uncharacteristically has good things to say about the role that Congress played in this high-profile Washington controversy.
Most Americans (58%) believe Congress acted appropriately in strenuously opposing the deal, while just 24% say lawmakers made too much of the situation…
Bush’s overall approval measure stands at 33%, the lowest rating of his presidency…
The president’s ratings for handling of several specific issues, particularly terrorism, have also declined sharply. Just 42% now approve of Bush’s job in handling terrorist threats, an 11-point drop since February…
Bush’s personal image also has weakened noticeably, which is reflected in people’s one-word descriptions of the president. Honesty had been the single trait most closely associated with Bush, but in the current survey “incompetent” is the descriptor used most frequently.
My position on Dubai ports as I’ve made abundantly clear here in my many posts about the deal is that Bush did the right thing on this and that Congress was doing its best to chew the scenery while it overacted to the hilt in the part of ‘champion of national security.’ The only slight positive is that the last poll I read about two weeks ago showed that only 17% of Americans supported DPW’s right to manage U.S. port facilities. That meant a 50% uptick in support for the deal. But going from 17% to 24% isn’t terribly impressive.
But what really made me scratch my head in disbelief is this bit of doublespeak from Americans regarding matters related to the ports deal:
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press…finds…a narrow majority (53%) has a negative view of foreign investors owning U.S. companies. But that is significantly less than the 70% expressing the same opinion in 1989, when high-profile acquisitions of U.S. firms by Japanese companies provoked widespread concern.
Moreover, by 53%-36% more Americans view foreign companies investing in the United States as a good thing; there are no significant partisan differences on this issue. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) believe free trade is good for the United States, which is largely unchanged since 2000.
58% of us supported the cancellation of a specific foreign trade deal while 53% view foreign investment here as a good thing. Further, 58% of us supported protectionism and isolationism regarding the DPW deal, but 66% of us believe in free trade. Hello! Anybody home?? Are we morons or do we enjoy living in denial of the fact that our bifurcated beliefs constitute utter hypocritical??