19 Percent of 2004 Bush Voters Say They'll Vote Dem

| Fri Aug. 11, 2006 5:24 PM PDT

Many Americans might not have things quite straight when it comes to WMD in Iraq, and there are those who don't know which state Kentucky Fried Chicken comes from, but large and swelling numbers are starting to get a clue about George W. Bush's administration.

Republicans determined to win in November are up against a troublesome trend — growing opposition to President Bush.

An Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted this week found the president's approval rating has dropped to 33 percent, matching his low in May. His handling of nearly every issue, from the Iraq war to foreign policy, contributed to the president's decline around the nation, even in the Republican-friendly South.

More sobering for the GOP are the number of voters who backed Bush in 2004 who are ready to vote Democratic in the fall's congressional elections — 19 percent. These one-time Bush voters are more likely to be female, self-described moderates, low- to middle-income and from the Northeast and Midwest.

Two years after giving the Republican president another term, more than half of these voters — 57 percent — disapprove of the job Bush is doing. (AP)

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