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Poll: Bush Approval Rating at 61 Percent

Sunday, 01 June 2003 12:00 AM

Twenty-eight percent of those polled disapproved of the way Bush is doing his job, up from 26 percent in the last Newsweek poll taken on May 1-2.

The president received his highest ratings from handling foreign policy and national security, but much lower ratings for his handling of domestic issues. As the nation's focus has shifted from the military campaign to problems maintaining order in postwar Iraq, the Newsweek Poll found Bush's rating slipped from 69 percent earlier in the month to 65 percent now.

Seventy-two percent of Americans now support his policies to prevent and minimize terrorism at home, down from 74 percent. And 59 percent approve of the way Bush is handling the situation in Middle East involving Israel and the Palestinians.

With additional tax cuts now approved by Congress, the president's rating on the issue of taxes has improved from 47 percent to 51 percent, the poll found. Bush's approval for dealing with education is also more positive, from 51 percent earlier this month to 53 percent now.

On the key issue of the economy, Bush's rating remains below the 50 percent level, currently at 46 percent.

Meanwhile, although no banned chemical or biological weapons have been found in Iraq so far, close to three-quarters, or 72 percent, of adult Americans believe that the Iraqis did indeed have such weapons before the war began. The poll also found 33 percent of Americans believe these weapons were smuggled out of the country at some point, while just 28 percent believe they are still in Iraq.

And most Americans, 57 percent, do not believe the Bush administration purposely misled the public about weapons of mass destruction to build support for the war, while 36 percent think it did. Forty-four percent do not think the Bush administration misinterpreted or misanalyzed the intelligence reports they said indicated Iraq had banned weapons; 36 percent of those polled think it did.

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