New Poll: Americans Losing Faith In Leadership

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