If there's any good
news for the White House or its allies in the latest CBS News poll
, it's hiding well. (via Atrios
More Americans than ever before, 77 percent, say the war is going badly, up from 66 percent just two months ago. Nearly half, 47 percent, say it's going very badly.
While the springtime surge in U.S. troops to Iraq is now complete, more Americans than ever are calling for U.S. forces to withdraw. Sixty-six percent say the number of U.S. troops in Iraq should be decreased, including 40 percent who want all U.S. troops removed. That's a 7-point increase since April.
Fewer than one in five thinks that the troop increase is helping to improve the situation in Iraq, while about half think the war is actually creating more terrorists.
The poll has bad news for President Bush, too. His job approval rating slipped to 27 percent, his lowest number ever in a CBS News poll -- 3 points less than last month and 1 point below his previous low of 28 percent in January. His disapproval rating is also at an all-time high of 65 percent.
A stunning 75 percent of respondents believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, while 19 percent think the U.S. is on the right track. It's the most lopsided response since CBS News first started asking the question in 1983.
The results, obviously, are awful news for Bush -- NYU's Paul Light said
, "I think his presidency is essentially over" -- and it's just as bad for a field of Republican presidential hopefuls who are offering voters more of the same.