President George Bush's popularity in Oklahoma has dropped below 50 percent for the first time since Bush took office, according to a new state-wide poll.
Today's Tulsa World reports the results of the latest Oklahoma Poll, which shows 47 percent of Sooner state voters expressing approval for Bush's job as president. A year ago, the same poll showed Bush's rating at 59 percent.
Bush's popularity in the Tulsa area is significantly lower than in Oklahoma City. The poll showed Bush's approval at 43 percent in the Tulsa Metro area, 12 percentage points lower than the OKC area.
Over in Our Capital City, the right-leaning McCarville Report Online put the best face on the new Bush numbers, pointing out that Bush is more popular in Oklahoma than almost any other state.
But that spin is cold comfort for state GOP leaders. After all, in 2001 Bush had an approval rating of 89 percent. And Gov. Brad Henry, easily reelected in November, is riding high at an approval rate of more than 80 percent.