Poll: Bush approval still near his record low
(CNN) -- President Bush's approval rating remains virtually unchanged from the record low of his presidency two weeks ago, according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.
The poll of 1,002 Americans was released Monday, hours before Bush was to deliver a speech to the nation about Iraq -- the beginning of a new campaign aimed at recovering popularity at home. (Full story)
Forty-seven percent of people polled May 21-23 said they approve of how Bush is handling the presidency -- up 1 percentage point from a poll taken May 7-9. (Full story)
Forty-nine percent said they disapprove, down 2 percentage points from the previous survey. With a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, the change was statistically insignificant.
The poll was conducted by telephone from Friday to Sunday.
While the survey reflects the challenge the president faces, it does not carry great news for Democrats. It shows Americans are as split as ever between Bush and presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry for the presidency.
Among likely voters, Kerry edged up 2 percentage points to 49 percent, while Bush dropped 1 point to 47 percent, according to the survey. With a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, that change was also statistically insignificant.
Among all registered voters polled, there was the opposite effect: Kerry dropped 2 percentage points to 48 percent, while Bush went up 2 points to 46 percent -- again with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
When independent candidate Ralph Nader was thrown into the mix, Americans remained evenly split between Kerry and the president, the new poll found. Forty-seven percent of likely voters said they lean toward Kerry, 46 percent Bush and 4 percent Nader.
The poll results appear to lend credence to Nader's argument that he could draw votes from Bush as well as Kerry in November's election.
Among likely voters, Nader drew away 2 percent of Kerry supporters and 1 percent of Bush backers. Among registered voters, Nader drew 2 percent each from Kerry and Bush supporters.