PRINCETON, NJ -- A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds 37% of Americans approving of the way Bush is handling his job as president and 59% disapproving. Despite many extraordinary events dominating the news over the past weeks -- including the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Bush's high-visibility trip to Europe -- this slight drop from the 40% approval rating measured earlier in the month is not statistically significant and falls within the margin of error between the two surveys. The current 37% rating is similar to his average approval rating of 37% for all of June.
Okay, so Bush's approval ratings go up 3% earlier in the month and all we hear is bounce, bounce, bounce. Bush is back, baby! Now, when Bush's approval ratings go down by the same percentage we get this is within the margin of error, nothing to see here. What's up with that?
It looks like it was the little bounce that wasn't.