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Gallup, Newsweek Polls Show Bush at Historic Lows

A new Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll conducted 8/5-7 has President Bush's job approval rating at 45 percent, just a point better than his all-time Gallup low of 44 percent recorded two weeks ago. Bush's approval rating tied an all-time low of 42 percent in the new Newsweek poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates 8/2-4.

Bush hit historic lows in public approval of his Iraq policies. In the Gallup Poll, an all-time high of 54 percent of Americans agreed that sending troops to Iraq was a "mistake" and an all-time high of 57 percent of respondents said America was "less safe" from terrorism as a result of the war. In the Newsweek Poll, an all-time high of 61 percent disapproved of Bush's "handling of the situation in Iraq" and 64 percent believed the war has not made the U.S. safer from terrorism. The Newsweek Poll also found that 38 percent of Americans support keeping "large numbers of US military personnel in Iraq less than one year," with 12 percent wanting to bring the troops home now.