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Bush Approval Rating Slides
To New Low Of 34%

11-18-5
 
(AFP) -- President George W Bush's job approval rating has touched a new low of 34%, according to a new survey. New York - President George W Bush's job approval rating has touched a new low of 34%, according to a US survey published on Thursday by Harris Interactive.
 
While one in three Americans rated Bush's performance in the White house as "positive," 65% said it was "only fair" or "poor," the poll showed.
 
Bush's approval rating has been slipping from 50% when he was re-elected in November 2004, to 45% in June to 40% in August of this year, according to the New York-based pollster.
 
In 2001, at the start of his first four-year term, Bush enjoyed a 56% approval rating, which shot up to 88% after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
 
In April 2003, as the United States geared up for an invasion of Iraq, 70% of Americans approved of the Republican president's job performance, but his approval ratings had been steadily falling for a year.
 
Compared with other two-term presidents at a similar point in their mandates, Bush is now slightly more popular than Richard Nixon's 29% approval rating.
 
At the end of their fifth year in office, Lyndon Johnson had a 67% rating, Ronald Reagan 66% and Bill Clinton 58%.
 
In the latest Harris survey, Vice President Dick Cheney fared even worse than his boss, with just 30% of Americans believing he was doing a good job, down from 35% in August.
 
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld matched Bush with a 34% approval rating, sliding from 40% in the previous poll.
 
Sixty-eight of those polled said the country was on the "wrong track," while 27% said it was headed in the "right direction."
 
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice remains the public's favourite in the Bush administration, but her star is also falling, to 52% from 57% in August.
 
The telephone survey of 1 011 Americans was conducted between November 8 and 13.
 

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