Criticism of Rumsfeld is linked closely to views of the war -- those who see the level of casualties as unacceptable, for instance, are 39 points more likely to disapprove of his performance, and 34 points more apt to say he should go.
Rumsfeld gets 60 percent job approval from Republicans, but that's 33 points fewer than their approval of Bush job's performance. And Rumsfeld gets a dismal 32 percent approval rating from independents, and 21 percent from Democrats.
Nearly one-third of Republicans think he should be replaced; that rises to 52 percent of independents, and 68 percent of Democrats. And nearly half of red-state residents, 49 percent, think he should go, as do 57 percent in the blue states.
As was covered during the campaign, political allegiance can vary from poll to poll; in this survey more Americans identify themselves as Democrats (38 percent) than as Republicans (27 percent). However, political attitudes are driven by more than partisan differences alone, particularly apart from vote preferences. Adjusting the results to party ID levels across October (+3 Democrat) produces only minor shifts in overall results -- raising Bush's overall approval rating by three points, his approval on Iraq or terrorism by two, and views that the war in Iraq was worth fighting by two, still the lowest to date.
This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Dec. 16-19 among a random national sample of 1,004 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.
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