The Newsweek poll released yesterday showing Bush’s approval at a record-low 33 percent also demonstrates a “larger loss of faith” in government leadership across the board. Here are some of the other highlights:
— 52 percent of Americans believe the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert covered up Mark Foley’s actions
— For the first time ever in a Newsweek poll, a majority of Americans (58 percent) now believe the Bush administration knowingly misled the American people in building its case for war against Saddam Hussein
— 53 percent believe it was a mistake to go to war at all, the first time the Newsweek poll has registered a majority in that camp.
— Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s approval rating has fallen to just 30 percent, and more Americans believe he should resign than remain, 48 percent vs. 37 percent