This chart should put the wrong track numbers from yesterday's NYT poll (PDF) in some perspective. This is the first read of the year for each year of the Bush administration. The NYT provides data on this question going back to 1983. The pre-Bush high for "wrong track" was 65 percent in November of 1994. We got over 65 in March of 2006 and the public mood has stayed at least that bleak ever since then.
"Do not touch the water. There is nothing more irradiated than the water itself."