President Bush at Lowest Job Performance Rating Says Sacred Heart University National Poll

14 Oct, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sacred Heart University

    FAIRFIELD, Conn., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush, in
 October 2005, received his lowest positive job performance rating recorded by
 the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute. According to the national poll,
 the President's favorable job performance rating is 42.0%. This is down from
 52.3% in April 2005, 57.7% in April 2004, 53.2% in February 2004, 58.4% in
 October 2003, 77.9% in April 2003 and 65.1% in March 2003.
     "Although public approval ratings normally decline throughout a
 President's term of office, the severe decline in President Bush's ratings
 suggest an unusual degree of dissatisfaction among the American people with
 the President's policies as well as a loss of confidence in his leadership
 ability," said Dr. Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Department of
 Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University.
     Among Republican leaning voters, the President's rating was 78.6% positive
 while those who vote mostly Democrat provided a 14.8% positive rating. Among
 unaffiliated voters, the positive rating was 42.7%.
     Among Hispanics, President Bush received a 20.7% favorable rating while
 whites provided 46.7% and African-Americans provided a positive rating of
 19.8%.
     According to Dr. Rose, "If the downward trend continues, it will likely
 have serious political consequences for the Republicans in the 2006
 congressional elections. The President's Republican base, while still loyal,
 appears to have waned somewhat, and his support among independents and swing
 voters is very problematic. Taken together, the poll numbers are foreboding
 for the President and the electoral fortunes of his party."
 
     EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
      * Dr. Gary Rose, Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and
        Politics, Sacred Heart University
      * Jerry Lindsley, Director, Sacred Heart University Polling Institute
 
     To speak with these experts, please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or
 alpf@sacredheart.edu
 
     How the Poll Was Conducted
     The Sacred Heart University Polling Institute completed 1,000 interviews
 with residents nationwide between October 3-12, 2005. The sample was generated
 proportional to population contribution in all fifty states. Statistically, a
 sample of 1,000 completed telephone interviews represents a margin for error
 of +/-3.0% at a 95% confidence level.
 
     About Sacred Heart University
     Sacred Heart University is the first Catholic university in the United
 States to be led and staffed by lay people. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut,
 SHU is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. With over 5,700
 undergraduate and graduate students, SHU has experienced two-fold enrollment
 growth during the past ten years due to outstanding academic programs in
 business, education, liberal arts and health sciences. SHU is a Division-I
 member of the NCAA. Visit our website at: http://www.sacredheart.edu.
 
     For Additional Sacred Heart University News, please visit
 http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/1948_press_room.cfm
 
 

SOURCE Sacred Heart University
    FAIRFIELD, Conn., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush, in
 October 2005, received his lowest positive job performance rating recorded by
 the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute. According to the national poll,
 the President's favorable job performance rating is 42.0%. This is down from
 52.3% in April 2005, 57.7% in April 2004, 53.2% in February 2004, 58.4% in
 October 2003, 77.9% in April 2003 and 65.1% in March 2003.
     "Although public approval ratings normally decline throughout a
 President's term of office, the severe decline in President Bush's ratings
 suggest an unusual degree of dissatisfaction among the American people with
 the President's policies as well as a loss of confidence in his leadership
 ability," said Dr. Gary Rose, professor and chair of the Department of
 Government and Politics at Sacred Heart University.
     Among Republican leaning voters, the President's rating was 78.6% positive
 while those who vote mostly Democrat provided a 14.8% positive rating. Among
 unaffiliated voters, the positive rating was 42.7%.
     Among Hispanics, President Bush received a 20.7% favorable rating while
 whites provided 46.7% and African-Americans provided a positive rating of
 19.8%.
     According to Dr. Rose, "If the downward trend continues, it will likely
 have serious political consequences for the Republicans in the 2006
 congressional elections. The President's Republican base, while still loyal,
 appears to have waned somewhat, and his support among independents and swing
 voters is very problematic. Taken together, the poll numbers are foreboding
 for the President and the electoral fortunes of his party."
 
     EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
      * Dr. Gary Rose, Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and
        Politics, Sacred Heart University
      * Jerry Lindsley, Director, Sacred Heart University Polling Institute
 
     To speak with these experts, please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or
 alpf@sacredheart.edu
 
     How the Poll Was Conducted
     The Sacred Heart University Polling Institute completed 1,000 interviews
 with residents nationwide between October 3-12, 2005. The sample was generated
 proportional to population contribution in all fifty states. Statistically, a
 sample of 1,000 completed telephone interviews represents a margin for error
 of +/-3.0% at a 95% confidence level.
 
     About Sacred Heart University
     Sacred Heart University is the first Catholic university in the United
 States to be led and staffed by lay people. Located in Fairfield, Connecticut,
 SHU is the second-largest Catholic university in New England. With over 5,700
 undergraduate and graduate students, SHU has experienced two-fold enrollment
 growth during the past ten years due to outstanding academic programs in
 business, education, liberal arts and health sciences. SHU is a Division-I
 member of the NCAA. Visit our website at: http://www.sacredheart.edu.
 
     For Additional Sacred Heart University News, please visit
 http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/1948_press_room.cfm
 
 SOURCE  Sacred Heart University