Friday, November 04, 2005

Misery Loves Company

The bad news is that recent polls have President Bush at around a 38 percent approval rating. The good news is that he's not alone, since just about every other major national leader has miserable approval numbers.

USGeorge W. Bush39
FranceJacques Chirac38
CanadaPaul Martin45
Great BritainTony Blair31
GermanyGerhard Schroeder38
GermanyAngela Merkel41
ItalySilvio Berlusconi43
JapanJunichiro Koizumi56
AustraliaJohn Howard43
RussiaVladimir Putin30
South KoreaRoh Moo-hyun29
TaiwanChen Shui-bian28

What's going on here? Has there ever been a period when this many political leaders were so unpopular? Is this the sign of some sort of global crisis of legitimacy?


Anonymous said...

uh, Vladmir?

Anonymous said...

Today at the summit of the americas, protesters set a bank on fire Friday and threw objects at police in the streets of the Argentine city hosting the Summit of the Americas. Small bands of demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails, set bonfires in the streets and burned American flags. At what point will the president realize, maybe he's doing something wrong? although having an IQ of 93 probably doesn't help him think about these things

Philip Klinkner said...

Yes, Vladimir. My bad.

Arbitrista (formerly Publius) said...

There was something very similar in the late 1970's, when virtually every majority party in the world was thrown out of power. The word for it is "malaise."

Jim Online said...

That's the way of the world. People need someone to blame but don't know of anyone who could do it better. Or better yet, they don't know how to do it themselves.