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April 10, 2006

Bush Approval Rating Falls, Partly Due To Immigration

The WaPo has him at 38%, in-line with the recent FoxNews poll which put him at 36% approval.

More ominous is the fact that 47% of the public strongly disapproves of his performance.

He's not winning Hispanic votes, and he's alienating the rest of the country:

The public is more critical of Bush's performance in specific areas. A third approved of his handling of immigration issues while six in 10 disapproved. And as thousands gather on the Mall today to protest efforts to tighten immigration policy, three in four Americans said the government isn't doing enough to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

The Democrats finally seem to have found a killer wedge issue. Bush can't afford to alienate Hispanic voters (and all those illegal Hispanic voters, whom the Democrats insist on allowing to vote), and neither can he afford to alienate everyone else.

The Democratic base is almost as divided on the issue as the Republican base, but then, Democrats aren't really running much of anything. They don't have to do much on this issue except offer platitudes.

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