On December 18th SurveyUSA released a 600 sample poll taken in Missouri from December 13th through the 15th which shows that dubya has a similar poor approval rating from the previous one released last month. The margin of error is 4%.


The poll was sponsored by KCTV in Kansas City.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job George W. Bush is doing as President?

All

36% – approve

61% – disapprove

2% – not sure

Democrats [36% of sample]

9% – approve

89% – disapprove

2% – not sure

republicans [29% of sample]

76% – approve

23% – disapprove

1% – not sure

Independents [28% of sample]

36% – approve

61% – disapprove

2% – not sure

His approval rating has remained the same among Independents, Democrats and republicans. Self identified Democrats make up 36% of the sample.

Here are the really interesting numbers:

Top Issues for Next President (dubya’s approval numbers within each group)

Economy [26% of sample]

38% – approve

60% – disapprove

2% – not sure

Health Care [18% of sample]

24% – approve

73% – disapprove

2% – not sure

Iraq [14% of sample]

29% – approve

70% – disapprove

1% – not sure

Education [7% of sample]

35% – approve

61% – disapprove

3% – not sure

Social Security [7% of sample]

39% – approve

60% – disapprove

1% – not sure

Environment [5% of sample]

5% – approve

90% – disapprove

5% – not sure

Terrorism [9% of sample]

73% – approve

25% – disapprove

2% – not sure

Immigration [9% of sample]

58% – approve

39% – disapprove

3% – not sure

It appears that the “bread and butter” issues of the economy and health care are weakness for dubya, and consequently for the republican brand.

Iraq remains a big issue. A big issue. “Staying the course” is not going to help any republican presidential candidates in Missouri.

Social Security truly is the third rail of American politics. dubya’s plans evidently went over like a lead balloon with Missourians.

If there were more people in Missouri who were scared of their shadows the numbers on terrorism would be good for dubya – now all he has is his Faux News Channel base.

The immigration numbers explain Matt “baby” Blunt’s recent strategery – shore up what little of the base which remains.