The latest CBS/NY Times Poll shows President Bush at a 73% approval
rating, thanks to our amazing success in the Iraq war.
Here are some quotes from the NY Times article:
At home, the fall of Baghdad has fortified President Bush's political
standing. The poll found that 73 percent of Americans approve of his
job performance — up from 59 percent the week before the war — and that
his approval rating among Democrats was 61 percent.
The poll, taken over the weekend, found that for the first time since
2001, a majority of Americans, 62 percent, believe that the nation is
winning the war on terrorism.
The poll found that 79 percent of respondents approve of Mr. Bush's
handling of Iraq, the most support Mr. Bush has received on his Iraq
From a political perspective, the Times/CBS News poll pointed to a
number of signs, on both the domestic and foreign policy front, of the
difficulties the Democratic Party faces as it tries to win the White
House and Congress next year.
The nation has rallied around its president and is confident about the
state of the country, a not-uncommon occurrence at a time of war. But
beyond Mr. Bush's approval rating, a figure that typically gyrates with
changing times, the number of Americans who believe the country is
heading in the right direction has jumped nearly 20 percentage points
since February, to 56 percent. That measure is closely watched by
pollsters as a reliable indicator of the re-election prospects of an
The Times/CBS News poll found evidence that the Democrats are not in as
strong a position as they presumably would like on the issue that they
believe could return them to power — the economy. Americans are exactly
divided, 42 percent to 42 percent, on which party would do a better job
in managing the economy.
And there has been a jump of 7 percentage points since January, to 54
percent, in the number of Americans who said they had confidence in Mr.
Bush's ability to make the right decisions about the economy.