A Times/Bloomberg poll found discontent with President Bush's leadership on a variety of key fronts, including the war in Iraq, with 60% disapproval, and the economy, with 59% disapproval.
A poll question about immigration reflected the political complexity of the issue and the extent to which Bush's involvement in it seems to color the public's view.
Bush has challenged his party's conservative base by backing a guest worker plan that would put most of the illegal immigrants already in the United States on a path to citizenship.
On Capitol Hill, many Republicans oppose that approach, while most Democrats back it. But asked to rate Bush's handling of immigration issues, 67% of the poll's Democratic respondents said they disapproved, while 24% expressed approval; among Republicans, 55% backed the president, while 36% disapproved. Half of those identifying themselves as conservatives, however, said they disapproved of Bush's handling of immigration, while about four in 10 supported him.