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A new poll finds that Americans have faith in President Bush's personal strengths, but doubts about some of his policies.


Poll: Bush's job approval rating drops
President still wins high marks on national defense
Tuesday, January 14, 2003 Posted: 3:23 PM EST (2023 GMT)


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush, though still backed by a majority of Americans, finds himself with the lowest job approval rating since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a CNN/USA TODAY/Gallup poll, which points to falling confidence in his handling of world affairs and a perception that his economic policies favor the rich.

Bush's job approval rating is 58 percent, a five-point decline since last week and the first time it has dipped below 60 percent since the terrorist attacks.

Still, the president gets high marks for leadership, vision and his ability to make hard decisions. His handling of national defense wins approval from more than six in 10 Americans.

The midterm poll -- based on telephone interviews with 1,002 adult Americans January 10 -12 -- comes at a tricky time for Bush. The administration is pitching a roughly $670 billion, 10-year economic plan to Congress, while it's trying to hold together an international coalition against Iraq's Saddam Hussein and deal with a nuclear standoff with North Korea.

At the same time, Democratic contenders are entering the 2004 ring, criticizing Bush for his handling of the economy, questioning the success of the war on terrorism and sounding a familiar refrain -- that the administration is too cozy with corporate America.

The poll found that 53 percent of respondents approve of how Bush is handling world affairs -- a drop since last week when the number was 60 percent.

The poll numbers suggest the second half of Bush's term could be more of a challenge than his immediate post 9/11 popularity might have indicated.

Asked whether they would support Bush if he runs for re-election in 2004, one-third of the respondents said they would definitely vote for him, while another third said they would definitely vote against him. One-third described themselves as undecided.

And in what could be a key finding for the administration, more respondents identified the economy as a decisive issue at the polls compared to terrorism, 53 percent to 32 percent. And 56 percent of those polled say they believe that Bush generally favors the rich.

That point is not likely to be lost on Bush. He saw his father's popularity after the Persian Gulf War evaporate as the economy soured, a slide that ultimately led to his ouster from the White House when he was defeated by Bill Clinton in 1992.

The president still enjoys strong support from Americans when it comes to their evaluation of his personal strengths. For example, 67 percent of those polled say Bush brought dignity back to the White House and 65 percent said he inspires confidence.

The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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americans are so fucking stupid.

unless you are wealthy and white... there is no reason to like Bush. cos really, what good has he done?


53%. ha. i hope they just surveyed white, rich men.
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You know, I'm no fan of Bush, but he's done an okay job as prez.....so get off our back.


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americans are so fucking stupid.

unless you are wealthy and white... there is no reason to like Bush. cos really, what good has he done?


53%. ha. i hope they just surveyed white, rich men.
That was a very offensive and racist post.


BTW, considering the circumstances I think Bush has done a great job.
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oh yeah...
please tell me what he has done besides ruin our environment, give the wealthy more money, and cut our freedoms our slowly.

enlighten me.
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That was a very offensive and racist post.


BTW, considering the circumstances I think Bush has done a great job.
how and to whom is it racist and offensive?

and please, give me examples of his great job.
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BTW, considering the circumstances I think Bush has done a great job.

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1. Please tell me how he has ruined the environment, I cannot think of any cases.

2. He (and the Repubs and many Dems in Congress) never gave the rich any money. A tax cut is not giving someone money, it is letting someone keep more of what they rightfully have earned.

3. "cut our freedoms our slowly"- Now I'm not sure what that means or what language you are speaking there, but I think we are doing pretty good considering the horrendous attacks on our homeland

4. The post was racist because you say only whites would support Bush as if all whites or all blacks for that matter feel the same way on this. You're post also insinuates that the whites are stupid, because in your eyes they are the ones supporting Bush.

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1. ruined, not quite yet. ruining, YES.
let's see...
-he's overturned MANY clinton admin policies that were there to protect the environment. [lifted the ban of snowmobiling in yellowstone, is allowing drilling/mining in national & state parks, the cutting down of MORE trees in once protected areas just to satisfy the debt he owes to the paper companies who supplied him money for his campaign] if you want links to articles... let me know
-closing of office to protect the Everglades... rolling back provisions onthe Clean Air Act, etc.
-who's the head of the EPA? the one and only ultimate **** Christie Whitman. the one who allowed dumping on my jersey shore. yeah. she really cares about the environment.
-he just recently blocked the EPA from issuing a warning about asbestos in homes.
... i can go on if you want, just let me know...

2. of course many Rs and Ds approved of his taxcuts... cos they would all benefit from these cuts. why? cos theyre all wealthy. whats the point of taxcuts? to help our weak economy. whats the point of Bushs taxcuts? to help ease the taxes that the rich pay. god forbid they can't afford 10 servants.

3. this is mainly a reference to the spying program post 9.11... USA Patriot Act, i believe... makes it easier to conduct searches, etc. another.. listening in on client-lawyer conversations even if the person isnt being charged with any crime... just detained.

4. its obvious Bush is racist. he has [pre-9.11] had colin powell skip out on international conferences about racism... has asked the president of Brazil if there were any blacks in the country.. blah blah blah. dont cry reverse racism on me.

but it was a bit wrong of me, i apologize... i should've said just wealthy and a male...
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Lies, innuendo, and unsubstantiated theory

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Puhleez. Like I'm supposed to vote for that stiff Joe Leiberman, or even Gephardt. I agree, Bush isn't particularly good, who the hell else do we have? As a white chick married to a wealthy white dude, I'm pissed about our investments, but aside from that, I'm ok with Bush. Plus, last quarter, out stocks and all recovered.....a little....just a little. It's the ebb and flow of the economy. Do any of you guys actually have portfolios? I didn't think so. Saddam is terrible, I'm glad we might get rid of him. Bush is better than all those chicken shit wimps ruling countries elsewhere who don't do a damn thing besides get walked all over. I don't know about you, but I really don't want to get on a plane and get flown into a fucking building or have my throat cut. If it takes a war overseas to stop it, well, so be it. Call me a bitch, but I have my priorities. I pay a shitload in taxes (unlike I imagine most of you.....see what it's like to have 1/3 or more taken from your paycheck and get little in return). I might as well get something out of it!
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Bush is better than all those chicken shit wimps ruling countries elsewhere who don't do a damn thing besides get walked all over. I don't know about you, but I really don't want to get on a plane and get flown into a fucking building or have my throat cut. If it takes a war overseas to stop it, well, so be it.
ouch, ouch and double-ouch.
i guess you got EXACTLY the president you deserve.


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oh, and evadafan, you lost.
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oh yeah...
please tell me what he has done besides ruin our environment, give the wealthy more money, and cut our freedoms our slowly.

enlighten me.
Well at least he's done something othaer than bang interns in the oval office!
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