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March 15, 2006

Incompetent-Idiot-Liar Politics

A new Pew Research poll (via Atrios) has Bush's approval rating at 33%, a new low.

But that's not the fun part. Check this out:

President Bush's declining image also is reflected in the single-word descriptions people use to describe their impression of the president. Three years ago, positive one-word descriptions of Bush far outnumbered negative ones. Over the past two years, the positive-negative balance has been roughly equal. But the one-word characterizations have turned decidedly negative since last July.

Currently, 48% use a negative word to describe Bush compared with just 28% who use a positive term, and 10% who use neutral language.

The changing impressions of the president can best be viewed by tracking over time how often words come up in these top-of-the-mind associations. Until now, the most frequently offered word to describe the president was "honest," but this comes up far less often today than in the past. Other positive traits such as "integrity" are also cited less, and virtually no respondent used superlatives such as "excellent" or "great" ­ terms that came up fairly often in previous surveys.

The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is "incompetent,"and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: "idiot" and "liar." [Emphasis added]

Too funny.

Posted by Jonathan at March 15, 2006 10:20 PM  del.icio.us digg NewsVine Reddit YahooMyWeb


Idiot was the top of mind one worder for me.
Then it was: leadershiplessness

Posted by: Clay at March 17, 2006 10:50 AM