Some new polls have shown that President Bush's job approval ratings have dipped into the mid 60s after almost a year at levels between 70 percent and 90 percent after the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Ipsos-Reid tracking poll done for the Cook Political Report and released Tuesday interviewed 2,000 adults in July and has an error margin of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. The Newsweek poll of 1,004 people was taken July 19-20 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 points. The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll of 1,014 adults was taken July 19-21 and has an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. The CBS News poll of 756 adults taken Monday and Tuesday has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Bush's job approval rating in the Ipsos-Reid poll was 67 percent, with disapproval at 30 percent, down from 77-21 in January in that poll.
His rating in the Newsweek poll released last weekend was 65 percent with 25 percent disapproving, down from 83-12 in January.
His rating in the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Monday was 67 percent, with 27 percent disapproving. That's down from 82-13 in January.
In a CBS News poll released Wednesday morning, Bush was at 65 percent, with 27 percent disapproving.
Bush slipped below 70 percent 10 months after the terrorist attacks, taking two months longer than his father took to return to the 60s in 1991 after the start of the Persian Gulf War. His father's ratings continued to slip until his job approval was at 46 percent in early January 1992, with an equal number disapproving.
The slip in approval comes as the public's overall confidence in the direction of the country has dropped. People were about evenly divided in the Ipsos-Reid poll about whether things were headed in the right direction or off on the wrong track. Early this year, they said the right direction by a 2-1 margin.
-- The Associated Press
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