New poll: Bush approval rating at 18% in New Jersey

A Strategic Vision poll released Friday shows President George W. Bush’s job approval rating at 18% in New Jersey, compared to 71% who disapprove.

Twenty-one percent approve of Bush’s handling of the economy, compared to 69% who disapprove, while 20% approve of the President’s handling of the War in Iraq compared to 71% who disapprove.

The poll reported that 59% of likely voters want U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq, 31% want U.S. troops to remain and 10% are undecided.

U.S. Congress fared even worse in the poll. Sixteen percent of respondents said Congress is performing its job well, while 71% disapprove and 11% remain undecided.

The poll, completed by 800 likely voters in New Jersey, aged 18 and up, shows Sen. Hillary Clinton leading by double digits in the Democratic presidential sweepstakes. In the Republican Party presidential race, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani also remains in control by double digits.

For the Democrats, it’s Clinton with 46%, followed by Sen. Barack Obama with 20%, former Sen. John Edwards with 10% and Gov. Bill Richardson with 7%.

For the Republicans, it’s Giuliani leading with 48%, followed by former Sen. Fred Thompson with 15%, Sen. John McCain with 10%, and former Gov. Mitt Romney with 5%.

New poll: Bush approval rating at 18% in New Jersey