Unfortunately, voting against the bill only deepened their problem:
For McCain, a major hindrance has been his perceived ties to the deeply unpopular Republican president. Slightly more than half of voters, 53 percent, said they think McCain would lead the country in the same direction as Bush, a small move up from a Post-ABC poll following the GOP convention earlier this month. Voters who see McCain's candidacy as a continuation of Bush's policies overwhelmingly back Obama.
The connection with Bush is a growing problem, as the sagging economy has added to the drag on public assessments of the president. Bush's approval rating has now dropped to an all-time-low in Post-ABC News polls, with just 26 percent giving him positive marks for his performance and 70 percent giving him negative reviews.
Only two modern presidents -- Harry Truman and Richard M. Nixon -- have had lower approval ratings; none has had higher disapproval numbers. On the economy, just 22 percent said they approved of the way he is doing his job. That too is a new career low for the president.
Nearly three in 10 voters singled out Bush as the principal reason the country is in its current economic straits. Wall Street financial institutions and banks followed closely on the blame list. Voters also mention the federal government, Congress, Republicans, Democrats, overextended homebuyers and others as root causes.
As for Monday's ill-fated House vote, by a 2 to 1 margin, voters hold congressional Republicans more responsible for Monday's rejection of a $700 billion rescue package supported by President Bush, congressional leaders of both parties and both major party presidential candidates.[...]
Almost all voters see the current financial situation as a big problem, with a majority, 52 percent, describing it as a "crisis." And in a question asked of a parallel sample of randomly-selected adults on Monday evening following the House's rejection, voters were also nearly unanimous in their concern the vote would deepen the country's financial downturn.