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President Bush's Approval Rating Rises

Tuesday, 20 December 2005 12:00 AM

A successful Iraq election, a soaring domestic economy and a series of speeches by President Bush have apparently helped lift his job approval rating, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Monday.

Bush's job approval rating jumped to 47 percent, up eight points from it's all-time low in November. His approval rating regarding the handling of the war in Iraq jumped 10 points to 46 percent.

An aggressive public speaking campaign to boost American support for the war on terrorism – highlighted by successful free elections in Iraq – has helped regain confidence in the White House for many Americans, and may help drive a positive leadership agenda into 2006.

President Bush has consistently highlighted the need to "stay the course" in Iraq despite setbacks and occasional missteps, but the recent speeches have also advanced the strategic mission in Iraq, rather than the steady, negative drumbeat provided by major media outlets.

Seventy-one percent of those polled said the successful Iraqi elections – with more than 70 percent of Iraqis participating in the historic voting – move the U.S. closer to bringing military forces home from that region once the Iraqi troops are trained and ready to assume their own security there.

Despite the speeches, however, 60 percent of Americans said the president has "not done enough" throughout his administration to explain the reasons for U.S. presence in Iraq, according to the poll.

Positive economic news, including low unemployment, lower gas prices, tax cuts and rising revenues, also resulted in a 10 point gain with 45 percent of Americans saying they were positive about the U.S. economy.

The telephone poll of more than 1,000 adults was conducted Dec. 15-18. It has a three-point margin of error.

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