Today in his speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Karl Rove claimed that the most credible polls on President Bush are run by the RNC, and they are saying the American public likes him:
But the polls I believe are the polls that get run through the RNC. And I look at those polls all the time. The American people like this president. His personal approval ratings are in the 60s. Job approval is lower. And what that says to me is that people like him, they respect him, he’s somebody they feel a connection with, but they’re just sour right now on the war. And that’s the way it’s going to be.
Rove should look at some polls done by non-political organizations. They paint a very different picture:
55 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush. [CBS/NYT, 5/4-8/06]
60 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush. [USA Today/Gallup, 4/28-30/06]
52 percent have a somewhat or very negative opinion of Bush. [NBC News/WSJ, 4/21-24/06]
57 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Bush. [CNN, 4/21-23/06]
Looks like Rove and the First Lady are in denial.