POLITICS
07/09/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gallup: 'Americans Worry McCain Would Be Too Similar to Bush'

Earlier today, Jonathan Martin of The Politico noted that John McCain was prominently featuring a picture of he and President George W. Bush standing side-by-side and arm-in-arm in the McCain campaign's fundraising pitch, despite the ever-dwindling popularity of the Bush presidency.

Don't expect those kind of images to surface outside of McCain's fundraisers, however. Not after today's Gallup poll, which reveals that a majority of Americans are worried that McCain has revealed himself to be disturbingly similar to his predecessor:

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll finds about two in three Americans concerned that John McCain would pursue policies as president that are too similar to what George W. Bush has pursued. Nearly half -- 49% -- say they are "very concerned" about this...Although McCain remains competitive in head-to-head matchups with Obama, the poll suggests that McCain may have more work to do to distance himself from Bush.

KEY INDICATOR: Unsurprisingly, fully 90% of those who identify themselves as Democrats profess to being "Very concerned" or "Somewhat concerned." Of more pressing concern for McCain is that similar sentiments are shared by self-professed "independents" - 67% fall into those two categories. The fact that 45% of Republicans polled share those concerns isn't great news for McCain, either, especially with Bob Barr in the race.