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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/19/AR2005121900924.html

More Americans Upbeat on Iraq, Economy

By Dan Balz and Richard Morin

Washington Post Staff Writers

Tuesday, December 20, 2005; Page A01

President Bush's approval rating has surged in recent weeks, reversing what had been an extended period of decline, with Americans now expressing renewed optimism about the future of democracy in Iraq, the campaign against terrorism and the U.S. economy, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

Bush's overall approval rating rose to 47 percent, from 39 percent in early November, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job. His approval rating on Iraq jumped 10 percentage points since early November, to 46 percent, while his rating on the economy rose 11 points, to 47 percent. A clear majority, 56 percent, said they approve of the way Bush is handling the fight against terrorism -- a traditional strong point in his reputation that nonetheless had flagged to 48 percent in the November poll.

The marked improvement in Bush's fortunes comes after months of erosion in the president's political standing that tracked a series of problems afflicting his administration. The most significant was the continuing violence and mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq, but high gasoline prices and the federal government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina also caused increasing numbers of Americans to register doubts about Bush's leadership.

The Post-ABC News poll suggests that the massive turnout in last week's elections in Iraq, coupled with a public relations offensive in which the president delivered five speeches and held one news conference in 19 days, have delivered a substantial year-end dividend to a president badly in need of good news.

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Nothing to see here, please disperse....

Wait another 6 months ... The Democrats are really screwing things up right now...

Congress - Job Approval Ratings

Poll Date Approve Disapprove Spread

RCP Average 12/2 - 12/18 31.3% 57.8% -26.5%

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

the silence is deafening :silly:

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In reality, we call it that the Bush administration has finally explained it's position and the American Public understand it. Additionally, the American Public are simply tired of the Democrat whining and stance on everything... which is negative and defeatists and portrays America as a gloomy and bad place. With the economy humming... Iraq improving... and the holidays approaching... people are realizing the "doom & gloom" of the Left is simply politicking.... trying to paint a bad picture in order to regain power.

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Nothing to see here, please disperse....

Wait another 6 months ... The Democrats are really screwing things up right now...

Congress - Job Approval Ratings

Poll Date Approve Disapprove Spread

RCP Average 12/2 - 12/18 31.3% 57.8% -26.5%

I'm still not sure what you're crowing about. The approval ratings in the original article are still less than 50%. That means most of the country still doesn't approve.

According to the numbers you provided, less than a third of the country approves of how the majority republican Congress is handling things, and between half and two-thirds of the country disapproves.

How is this good? Please explain.

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This is still a biased poll.

Not only a weekend poll which have been proven to oversample Democrats. Not only polling "Adults" rather than "Voters".

but not even "Likely Voters"! Much less having a representative level of 37% Republican 34% Democrat which were the 2004 exit polling samples...

and STILL- the President is back up near 50% approval. Imagine if it was actually an honest and accurate poll- he would probably be up near 54-55%..

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In reality, we call it that the Bush administration has finally explained it's position and the American Public understand it.

The Bush administration has explained its position, the American public understands it and yet the approval rating is still less than 50%. Wonderful. :rolleyes:

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In reality, we call it that the Bush administration has finally explained it's position and the American Public understand it. Additionally, the American Public are simply tired of the Democrat whining and stance on everything... which is negative and defeatists and portrays America as a gloomy and bad place. With the economy humming... Iraq improving... and the holidays approaching... people are realizing the "doom & gloom" of the Left is simply politicking.... trying to paint a bad picture in order to regain power.

47%

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This is still a biased poll.

Not only a weekend poll which have been proven to oversample Democrats. Not only polling "Adults" rather than "Voters".

but not even "Likely Voters"! Much less having a representative level of 37% Republican 34% Democrat which were the 2004 exit polling samples...

and STILL- the President is back up near 50% approval. Imagine if it was actually an honest and accurate poll- he would probably be up near 54-55%..

Scary dude. This is a biased poll because they were polling adults? It was a biased poll because it didn't poll more Republicans than Democrats? That's what you are saying here. It's biased because it was conducted on the weekend where more people are likely to be home? :(

This is like applauding the congress voting on the weekend at two in the morning a bill that cut college scholarships, medical care for the poor, and student lunch programs and hoping no one would notice. And then a week later announce that they are granting themselves a tax cut twice as large as the savings from the cuts.

In other words, what you say makes no sence.

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I'm still not sure what you're crowing about. The approval ratings in the original article are still less than 50%. That means most of the country still doesn't approve.

According to the numbers you provided, less than a third of the country approves of how the majority republican Congress is handling things, and between half and two-thirds of the country disapproves.

How is this good? Please explain.

Not crowing, explaining that the Dems are getting too loud about nothing right now... If they kept their mouths shut they'd be better off.

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Not crowing, explaining that the Dems are getting too loud about nothing right now... If they kept their mouths shut they'd be better off.

Sorta like in Deliverance:

Toothless Man: Don't say anything, just do it.

Mountain Man: Just drop 'em, boy. (To Ed - at knifepoint) You ever had your b---s cut off, you f--kin' ape? Looky there, that's sharp. Bet it would shave a hair.

Toothless Man: Why don't you try it and see? (To Bobby) Take off that little ol' bitty shirt there, too. (To Mountain Man) Did he bleed?

Mountain Man: He bled. (To Bobby) Them panties. Take 'em off. (After attacking him) Hey boy, you look just like a hog....(Holding Bobby's nose as he straddles him from behind) Come on piggy, give me a ride...Looks like we got us a sow here, instead of a boar....I bet you can squeal like a pig.

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or maybe it because its early in the morning?

This is obviously good for Bush, but it is still at 47%. That is not anything to celebrate.

I agree but it is a jump and according to this over 50% feel the economy is doing well and according to some here 98% are losing money, so which one is it??

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Impeach the B*******. He is clearly operating outside the bounds of the law, as has his cronies all during this administration.

The WP is just sucking up with this poll, and is meaningless in any broad context. I haven't run into anyone that thinks this administration is

'a good thing'.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/19/AR2005121900924.html

More Americans Upbeat on Iraq, Economy

By Dan Balz and Richard Morin

Washington Post Staff Writers

Tuesday, December 20, 2005; Page A01

President Bush's approval rating has surged in recent weeks, reversing what had been an extended period of decline, with Americans now expressing renewed optimism about the future of democracy in Iraq, the campaign against terrorism and the U.S. economy, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll.

Bush's overall approval rating rose to 47 percent, from 39 percent in early November, with 52 percent saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job. His approval rating on Iraq jumped 10 percentage points since early November, to 46 percent, while his rating on the economy rose 11 points, to 47 percent. A clear majority, 56 percent, said they approve of the way Bush is handling the fight against terrorism -- a traditional strong point in his reputation that nonetheless had flagged to 48 percent in the November poll.

The marked improvement in Bush's fortunes comes after months of erosion in the president's political standing that tracked a series of problems afflicting his administration. The most significant was the continuing violence and mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq, but high gasoline prices and the federal government's slow response to Hurricane Katrina also caused increasing numbers of Americans to register doubts about Bush's leadership.

The Post-ABC News poll suggests that the massive turnout in last week's elections in Iraq, coupled with a public relations offensive in which the president delivered five speeches and held one news conference in 19 days, have delivered a substantial year-end dividend to a president badly in need of good news.

Its probably due to admitting some mistakes...

-Grant

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I agree but it is a jump and according to this over 50% feel the economy is doing well and according to some here 98% are losing money, so which one is it??

98% are losing money because prices have gone up more than nominal wages (if the last info I saw was correct)

EDIT it is only a matter of time before Chomerics comes here, you can wait and discuss the specifics with him.

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98% are losing money because prices have gone up more than nominal wages (if the last info I saw was correct)

EDIT it is only a matter of time before Chomerics comes here, you can wait and discuss the specifics with him.

:laugh: :laugh:

I know he is hiding.

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47% and climbing.... because people are now getting the whole picture instead of the Dems "We're losing"... and Donna Brazille's "Worst economy since the depression".

I'll bet when it reaches 60%.... you'll inquire about the other 40%. Similar to the 04 election results... when Dems screamed...."you can't ignore the 49% who voted against Bush". In a democracy, majority wins... and whomever wins.... enjoys the spoils.

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Impeach the B*******. He is clearly operating outside the bounds of the law, as has his cronies all during this administration.

The WP is just sucking up with this poll, and is meaningless in any broad context. I haven't run into anyone that thinks this administration is

'a good thing'.

CNN/USA Today/Gallup 12/16-18/05 41 56 3 -15

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ABC/Washington Post 12/15-18/05 47 52 1 -5

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FOX/Opinion Dynamics RV 12/13-14/05 42 51 7 -9

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Diageo/Hotline RV 12/12-13/05 50 47 3 +3

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NBC/Wall Street Journal 12/9-12/05 39 55 6 -16

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CNN/USA Today/Gallup 12/9-11/05 42 55 3 -13

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Cook/RT Strategies 12/8-11/05 42 55 2 -13

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Pew 12/7-11/05 38 54 8 -16

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Gallup 12/5-8/05 43 52 5 -9

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AP-Ipsos * 12/5-7/05 42 57 -15

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CBS/New York Times 12/2-6/05 40 53 7 -13

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