Monday, May 23, 2005

BUSH IN FREEFALL: 35% Approval on Economy, 37% Approval on Iraq

Country Losing Ground on Most National Problems
Released: May 19, 2005

Americans are critical of President Bush's job performance in many policy areas, but negative opinions of his handling of the economy and Iraq are doing the most damage to his overall approval rating, which now stands at 43%.

Just 35% approve of the president's handling of the economy, down from 43% in February and 45% in January.With the level of violence rising in Iraq, Bush's ratings also have slipped on that issue from 45% in January, to 40% in February, and 37% currently. Over the same period, positive opinions of his handling of foreign policy have fallen 10 points, to 38%. There has been greater stability in Bush's marks on energy policy and Social Security, but he gets positive ratings of only about 30% on both issues (energy policy 31%, Social Security 29%). "

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