JOB APPROVAL OF BUSH, CONGRESS REMAINS HIGH

Public Still Divided on Whether House or Senate Did the Right Thing in Anthrax Investigation

JOB APPROVAL OF BUSH, CONGRESS REMAINS HIGH

Between October 26-29, 2001, Ipsos-Reid Express interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 US adults nationwide by telephone. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%. Approval of the Job Performance of President Bush, Congress Four-in-five Americans, 81%, approve of the job President Bush is doing as President, including 49% of all Americans rating his performance as excellent and 32% good. Even among Democrats, two-in-three (69%) give Bush a positive job performance rating. Nearly as many (71%) approve the job Congress is doing, including 82% of Republicans, 64% of Democrats and 63% of Independents. "If there is a spirit of bipartisanship in Washington, it is dictated by the bipartisan confidence in political leaders expressed by the public today," says Thomas Riehle, President, U.S. Public Affairs, Ipsos-Reid. Lots of New Information about Anthrax and the Capitol Complex Contamination Since Last Poll, But Little Change in Opinion on Whether House or Senate Showed Better Judgment Americans are slightly more likely to credit the House (46%) rather than the Senate (41%) for showing good judgment in its reaction to the anthrax contamination first identified in Sen. Tom Daschle's office. "A lot more information is available to the public now than there was a week ago, but that did not drive everyone to the position that the House was right to cautiously close down in order to allow tests to be done. People are still pretty divided about which chamber did the right thing," reports Riehle.

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