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Poll: Public views Bush as less trustworthy, less effective

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Americans have growing doubts about President Bush's honesty and his effectiveness, according to a poll taken at a time people are uneasy with the war in Iraq, uncertain about the economy and nervous about the terrorist threat.

Half of those in the poll taken by the Pew Research Center, 49 percent, said they believe the president is trustworthy, while almost as many, 46 percent said he is not. Bush was at 62 percent on this measure in a September 2003 Pew poll and at 56 percent in a Gallup poll in April. One of Bush's strong suits throughout his presidency has been the perception by a majority of people that he is honest.

The slide in trust in Bush comes at a time the White House is answering questions about top aide Karl Rove's involvement in the public leak of the identity of a CIA operative.

"If the economy were doing better, the Iraq war wasn't as tenuous and people weren't as uneasy about terrorism, then they might be willing to cut Bush some slack on the Rove issue," said Robert Shapiro, who specializes in public opinion at Columbia University. "And it's all tied back to how the war was justified, so it raises all those issues as well."

Only half the public is closely following the allegations that Rove leaked the identity of a CIA operative, according to Pew. Democrats are predictably more inclined to say Rove should resign than Republicans.

But GOP support for Rove is lukewarm. About four in 10 Republicans said Rove shouldn't resign; about the same number said they were not sure.

Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, said an analysis of the survey suggests the Rove controversy is contributing to the president's credibility problem. The belief that Rove has committed a serious offense is having an impact on Bush's ratings on believability, he said.

Only a fourth of people in an ABC News poll out this week said they believe the White House has been cooperating fully with the investigation of the CIA leak.

About half, 49 percent, in the Pew poll said they approve of the job being done by Bush on terrorism -- as low as he's been on that issue since Sept. 11, 2001. Many independents have abandoned support for Bush in this area.

Bush's job approval in the Pew poll was 44 percent, with 48 percent disapproving.

The poll of 1,502 adults was taken July 13-17 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Pew Research Center --



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I still am amazed that so many people still see Bush as honest. This shows how much work is left before results will be seen. I sometimes get discouraged at the pace with which people start to see the truth but we must keep going. why does the rest of the world seem to be so far ahead of America in seeing this administration for what it is ? A recent Discovery Chanel poll had people voting Ronald Ragen as greatest American,Ronald "sells missils to terrorists" Ragen. (Possibly incorrect spelling) We have a lot of educating to do .

I just heard that the Discovery Channel will be airing a "historical"
recreation of Flight 93 this fall on September 11, 2005.

It is entitled (cue the marching band) "The Flight That Fought Back."

I am sure that any evidence of this plane being shot down,
eyewitness accounts of military planes leaving area, midair
explosion and the fact that the two main debris areas were 8 miles
apart will not be covered in this piece of Propaganda . . .
excuse me . . "Heroic Patriotism Historical FACT."

I am sure school children all over the country will be required to
watch it and write book reports on it. We had to write book reports
on how "Oswald Killed Kennedy."

Teach your children well . . .

You better believe it. I continue to teach mine, and they are full grown men, but they seem to miss a lot--too often!

I agree with you 100%, there is a site called 9-11 Blogger that has quite a lot of info. on this matter. My father ( a conservative) is a volunteer Fireman who went to the 9-11 disaster and says there are too many unanswered questions that remain. I was unaware of the Discovery Chanel show, I feel it insults the people of Flt.93 to lie about them , they deserve the truth. By the way I wrote that Oswald was a scapegoat and got suspended for it, so much for the truth.

Cindy Sheehan's assessment of how rude the son of a bush was when she
was in the White House after her son's demise in 'his' personal vendetta war, is a statement about this man's morality. You can't act like an
asshole to the mother of a dead soldier in your office, no matter how
much you'd like to, and this is exactly what he did. This translates into; "your son was an expendable pawn in my little war, dear lady, and
how dare you question my wisdom in sending him off to his death???"

How dare she. How dare the 1765 other (and growing each day) families of the dead, question this lying, self-serving, son of a bush?

good question. One that needs an honest, respectful answer from the
sleazebag himself.

and he is an asshole (well said)... This unthinkable behavior by Bush to a grieving Mom is insanity, as are all his actions and words. He is simply unforgiveable.

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