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HuffPost +1, W -15%

05/25/2011 11:50 am ET
  • Steve Cobble Co-founder, afterdowningstreet.org; antiwar activist; political strategist

Here's how I'd sum up the past year of the HuffingtonPost (which, by happy circumstance, closely tracks the life span of AfterDowningStreet.org, our activist web site focused on the lies that led to war):
George W. Bush job approval rating when HuffPost was launched, according to Gallup (5/2-5/05): 50%.
W's approval rating after one hard-hitting year of HuffPost, according to Gallup/USA Today (5/5-7/06): 31%.
HuffPost +1; George W -19%.

George W. Bush job disapproval rating a year ago: 45%.
W's job disapproval rating now: 65%.
HuffPost +1; George W -20%.

George W. Bush favorability rating a year ago: 54%. Unfavorable rating = 45%.
W's personal favorability rating now: 39%. Unfavorability = 60%.
HuffPost +1; George W -15%.

The trend is similar, though not quite as steep, on Iraq.
(the polling numbers are taken from that great political junkie's web site, PollingReport.com)

Finally, there's the incredible Pew Poll from earlier this year (which I call the "incompetent idiot liar" poll). Pew pointed out that positive descriptions of Bush, which had previously dominated the poll, had now been supplanted by one-word negative descriptions of W. The phrasing is priceless:
"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.' All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago."

Thanks, Arianna. Take credit. Just keep on--mission not yet accomplished.