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New Democracy Corps Poll Report -- POST-KATRINA UPDATE

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The country has lost confidence in George Bush’s leadership, direction and plans for the country and indeed, seems to have closed down on him personally and his conservative project. In this survey – the 2nd after Katrina – 45 percent of American voters say, they are “finished with him.”1 This is about his performance, about him personally, and his priorities. With growing passion, voters are upset about Iraq, the neglect of America, Bush’s leadership and Katrina, the economy, deficits and gas prices. The result is a growing bloc of voters intent on change, and a diminishing bloc enthusiastic about Bush or his priorities. That is reflected in a major swing to the Democrats in the congressional contests – with a lot to be done to make that real. That Bush’s numbers continued to weaken after his Jackson Square speech and expressed determination to rebuild the Gulf Coast is particularly telling. After the speech, 63 percent said they are losing confidence in Bush, including 51 percent who say “a lot.”

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