The Associated Press/Ipsos Poll: Optimism On Economy Boosts Bush

Bush Ratings Buoyed by Saddam Capture, Improving Economy

The Associated Press/Ipsos Poll: Optimism On Economy Boosts Bush

Washington, DC - In the past month, President George W. Bush has enjoyed a significant increase in public approval for his overall job performance, as 59% now approve and 39% disapprove of how he handles the job, up from 50%-47% in November. It is the best overall performance rating Bush has seen since the summer. The Associated Press Poll is conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Between December 15-17, 2003, the AP/Ipsos poll interviewed a representative sample of 1,001 adults nationwide, including 756 registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 for all adults, +/- 3.6 for registered voters. Bush approval ratings are positive across the board, with a solid boost on handling of the economy: A majority of 55% approve and 43% disapprove, the highest approval and lowest disapproval rating on his handling of the economy since the summer of 2002. In the wake of the capture of Saddam Hussein, 63% approve (43% strongly approve) and only 35% disapprove his handling of foreign policy issues and the war on terrorism. Bush and the War in Iraq--and the War on Terrorism The main lesson Americans took away from the capture of Saddam Hussein is that the U.S. might be able to capture Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, too. How much confidence do you have in the ability of the U.S. government to capture or kill Osama bin Laden? That does not mean, however, that Americans feel the war on terrorism has been won with the capture of Saddam Hussein. In fact, three-in-five (63%) believe a terrorist attack against a U.S. target is at least somewhat likely in 2004. Americans do not even believe the war in Iraq is ended with Saddam's capture--94% in this AP/Ipsos poll say the war in Iraq goes on. But Americans believe the U.S. military presence in Iraq is part of the war on terrorism, and not a distraction from it. And most Americans believe the Bush Administration made the right decision, and not a mistake, when it chose to invade Iraq. As a result, definite vote intentions among registered voters now favor the re-election of Bush over the election of someone else by a 14-point margin, 45%-31%. One month ago, that was a tie vote. To view all the questions and results on the poll, please download the topline document. For more information, please contact: Thomas Riehle President, Ipsos Public Affairs Washington, D.C. 202.463.7300 About Ipsos Public Affairs Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan, objective, public affairs company made up of veteran campaign and political polling veterans as well as seasoned research professionals. The company conducts strategic research initiatives for a diverse number of Canadian, American, and international organizations based not only on public opinion research, but often elite stakeholder, corporate and media opinion research. Ipsos Public Affairs also conducts national and international public opinion polling on behalf of the The Associated Press, the world's oldest and largest news organization. Ipsos Public Affairs is a member of the Ipsos Group, a leading global survey-based research firm. Visit us at: www.ipsos-pa.com About Ipsos Ipsos is a leading global survey-based market research group, with revenues of 538.5 million euros in 2002. It offers a full suite of research services, guided by industry experts and bolstered by advanced analytics and methodologies in advertising, marketing, public opinion and customer loyalty research, as well as forecasting and modeling. Member companies also offer a full line of custom, syndicated, omnibus, panel, and online research products and services. To learn more, visit: www.ipsos.com Ipsos is listed on the Euronext Paris Premier Marchй, and is part of the SBF 120 and Next Prime Indices as well as eligible to the Deferred Settlement System (SRD). Euroclear code 7329, Reuters ISOS.LN, Bloomberg IPS FP

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