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(07/22/07) -

Bush Approval Gets Slight Boost in U.S.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for George W. Bush appears to have stabilized in the United States, according to four recent public opinion polls. In a survey by Zogby International, 34 per cent of respondents rate their president’s performance in a positive light.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for George W. Bush appears to have stabilized in the United States, according to four recent public opinion polls. In a survey by Zogby International, 34 per cent of respondents rate their president’s performance in a positive light.

Bush’s approval rating stands at 32 per cent in a study by Opinion Dynamics released by Fox News, 31 per cent in a poll by Gallup released by USA Today, and 29 per cent in a survey by the New York Times and CBS News. In each of these three studies, perceptions of the president’s performance improved, albeit slightly.

Bush—a Republican—earned a second four-year term in the November 2004 presidential election. The U.S. president’s approval rating has not surpassed the 40 per cent mark in a national survey since December 2006.

Yesterday in his weekly radio address, Bush discussed the war on terrorism, saying, “Nearly six years have passed since 9/11. And as time goes by, it can be tempting to think that the threat of another attack on our homeland is behind us. The (National Intelligence Estimate) report makes clear that the threat is not behind us. (…) (Al-Qaeda) would be in a far stronger position to attack our people if America’s military, law enforcement, intelligence services, and other elements of our government were not engaged in a worldwide effort to stop them.”

Polling Data

a) Overall, how would you rate president George W. Bush’s performance on the job?

Jul. 14

Mar. 9

Mar. 2

Jan. 26

Positive

34%

35%

30%

32%

Negative

66%

65%

69%

68%

Source: Zogby International
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,012 likely American voters, conducted from Jul. 12 to Jul. 14, 2007. Margin of error is 4.9 per cent.

b) Do you approve or disapprove of how George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Jul. 18

Jun. 27

Jun. 6

May 16

Approve

32%

31%

34%

34%

Disapprove

61%

60%

57%

56%

Source: Opinion Dynamics / Fox News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 900 registered American voters, conducted on Jul. 17 and Jul. 18, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

c) Do you approve or disapprove of how George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Jul. 15

Jul. 8

Jun. 14

Jun. 3

Approve

31%

29%

32%

32%

Disapprove

63%

66%

65%

62%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,001 American adults, conducted from Jul. 12 to Jul. 15, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

d) Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Jul. 17

Jun. 28

May 23

Apr. 24

Approve

29%

27%

30%

32%

Disapprove

64%

65%

63%

61%

Source: New York Times / CBS News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,554 American adults, conducted from Jul. 9 to Jul. 17, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.