The media can't seem to stop talking about Bush's pathetic approval/disapproval numbers. It seems to get inserted into every third or fourth story in the mainstream media as a way to discredit any position he takes. It have got to have a reinforcing negative effect on Americans to hear their president is only liked by 33% of the country. Except, when you find out that the new Democratic Congress is only approved of by 29% of Americans.
What you also might have missed is that except for a brief first-female-speaker-history buzz to kick of the Democratic Congress, Bush's approval rating has been higher than the Democratic Congress for most of this year. It also turns out that Gallup's numbers show that registered Democrats disapprove of the new Democrat Congress more than Repulicans disapproved of their own last year.