The president's approval rating in the survey was 36 percent -- unchanged from an August poll and barely above where it was in January.Bush addresses the nation tonight at 9:01 PM eastern, but it seems clear that Americans aren't buying the Crocker and Petraeus "dog and pony" show. The cynical attempt to portray the return of 30,000 troops when they were already scheduled to return as some kind of progress isn't working: even the mainstream corporate media isn't biting.
At the same time, 61 percent of those polled disapprove of Bush's performance in office -- and the same number said they believe his policies are taking the country in the wrong direction.
The Opinion Research Corp. interviewed 1,017 American adults Friday through Sunday for the survey, which has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
George W. Bush has led the Republican Party over a cliff.
Update: John Edwards will do a two-minute rebuttal of Bush on several cable networks.