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Polling Hits New Lows for Bush and Congress

MSNBC story:

As President Bush attempts to revive the controversial immigration reform bill he supports, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that Republicans are abandoning the president, which has dropped his job-approval rating below 30 percent -- his lowest mark ever in the survey.

But he isn't the only one whose support is on the decline in the poll. Congress' approval rating has plummeted eight points, bringing it below even Bush's. And just one in five believe the country is on the right track, which is the lowest number on this question in nearly 15 years.

While generic polls show that the Dems have the advantage in next year's elections, these numbers show discontent across the board. There's a lot of anxiety out there about a lot of issues and the impression that neither party is addressing their concerns. It's very similar to 1992, and that set the stage for Ross Perot to seemingly come out of nowhere, so if a viable third party -- or third way -- ticket would come along, it could go far.

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All A third party would do is make the margin of Democratic victory bigger. No matter how bad the Democratic candidate is or how appealing the third party candidate would be, there are enough core groups so just will not vote for anyone who does not have a (D) next to their name.

Paul Hamilton:

If the two candidates now leading in the polls -- Hillary and Rudy -- appear to be on the path to the nomination, I think it would give a great deal of impetus to third party candidates. So don't just assume that they only help the Dems because there are a LOT of us who would be very disappointed if certain candidates were to get the nod.


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