Newsweek: Bush at 36 percent approval

Nov. 12, 2005 at 6:24PM


President Bush has recorded another new low in public approval, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of his job performance in a new Newsweek poll.

The poll was conducted on Thursday and Friday nights, so it reflects -- to some extent -- public reaction to Bush's Veterans Day speech, in which he once again laid out his case for the war in Iraq and accused critics of trying to rewrite history.

More than two-thirds of those polled -- 68 percent -- said they are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. That's the highest number for that question during Bush's presidency.

Like other recent polls, the Newsweek poll shows Americans are increasingly questioning the president's character -- with half of those polled saying they believe he is not honest and ethical, and just 42 percent saying they believe he is. Only 29 percent said they believe that Vice President Dick Cheney is honest and ethical.

Fifty-two percent said they believe Cheney "deliberately misused or manipulated pre-war intelligence about Iraq's nuclear capabilities in order to build support for war."