Bush's unpopularity a drag on party: Poll

The US President's unpopularity has become a drag on his party's prospects in the congressional mid-term elections, reveals a national poll.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 15:22 IST

President George W Bush's unpopularity has become a drag on his party's prospects in the congressional mid-term elections to be held in fall, reveals a new national poll.

Nine months before the mid-term elections, the Democrats hold a sizable lead in the congressional race and an advantage on most major issues, according to a survey by Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Approximately 31 per cent of those surveyed say they consider their vote for Congress as a vote against Bush, compared with 18 per cent who say they see it as a vote for the President.

About 47 per cent say Bush is not much of a factor in their decision.

This represents a marked change from a comparable point in the previous mid-term campaign in February 2002 when 30 per cent of voters said they thought of their congressional vote as a vote for George W. Bush, while 20 per cent said they were voting against the president.

The Pew poll, conducted during February 1-5 among 1,502 adults, shows Democrats leading Republicans by 50 per cent to 41 per cent among registered voters in the test ballot.

Democrats while retaining a huge advantage on traditional party strengths like environment and health care are seen as better able to deal with the economy (by 46 per cent - 36 per cent) and reform the federal government (42 per cent - 29 per cent).

Terrorism, and to a lesser extent crime, remain the Republican party's only strong issues among 12 tested.

An overwhelming 81 per cent of Americans say that recent reports of lobbyists bribing Congress members are common.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 13:34 IST