Poll: Most Disappprove of Bush’s Authorization of Leak in Plame Case

Bush’s approval rate is unchanged at 37 percent in the new Gallup poll.

This first look at public reaction to the news that President Bush authorized a leak of government intelligence in order to discredit a critic shows that the White House spin that the president did nothing illegal did not get much traction with an increasingly skeptical public:

Overall, 63 percent of Americans believe Bush did something either illegal (21 percent) or unethical (42 percent), while 28 percent say he did nothing wrong. While many more Democrats are critical, 3 in 10 Republicans also find that Bush did something illegal or unethical.

The more closely people are following the issue, the more likely they are to say he did something illegal rather than merely unethical…

Despite the latest turns in the CIA leak case, and news from Iraq, the president’s overall approval rating did not fall still further, hanging on at 37 percent, which is in line with most other polls.

One comment

  • Stephen
    April 12, 2006 - 5:57 am | Permalink

    Who are these mystically people that actually think BushCo is doing a GOOD job?!?

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