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BUSH’S NUMBERS: THE BREAKDOWN

Gallup has released its yearly racial breakdown on George W. Bush’s job approval rating.  (Getting such a breakdown requires a larger polling sample than Gallup’s ordinary surveys.)  The poll shows in the last two years, Bush’s ratings have remained virtually unchanged among blacks and Hispanics; it is among non-Hispanic whites that the president’s ratings have fallen significantly.

Non-Hispanic Whites           Approve            Disapprove

June 8-25, 2006                          42                   53

June 6-25, 2005                          47                   48

June 9-30, 2004                          61                   38

Blacks

June 8-25, 2006                          15                   78

June 6-25, 2005                          16                   77

June 9-30, 2004                          16                   79

Hispanics

June 8-25, 2006                          38                   53

June 6-25, 2005                          41                   49

June 9-30, 2004                          40                   52

The numbers suggest that Bush’s ratings among blacks and Hispanics fell to the floor between June 2003 and June 2004.  Among blacks, Bush fell from 32 percent approval in June 2003 to 16 percent in June 2004.  Among Hispanics, Bush fell from 67 percent approval to 40 percent in the same period. (Among non-Hispanic whites, Bush fell from 69 percent to 61 percent in that time frame.)

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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