Friday, May 12, 2006

Bet on Bush's Birthday Polls

Sportsbook is taking bets on how low George Bush’s approval rating will be on his 60th birthday:

President George W. Bush hits a milestone in his life on July 6th, turning 60 years old., the world’s largest online sportsbook and casino, is now offering odds on whether President Bush’s job approval rating also will hit a milestone on that date, sinking to a new low in his five years as President of the United States.

The drawn out war in Iraq, soaring oil prices and the NSA domestic spying controversy have all contributed to Democrats and now an increasing number of Republicans turning thumbs down on the President’s job performance. His numbers have dropped steadily since the start of 2006. According to the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, they are at 31 per cent, a new low.

“Public sentiment on the President’s job performance has definitely soured since January,” says Jennifer Duffy, Editor and Political Analyst for non-partisan The Cook Political Report. “Bush’s numbers continue to be a drag on House and Senate Republicans, making it likely that Democrats will pick up seats in both chambers in the November midterm elections.”

Bettors can choose whether the rating will be over or under the poll average of 35.5 per cent on July 6th, as reported by - a company which publishes a daily average of Bush’s approval rating based on the leading American public opinion polls.


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