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It’s Official: Rice’s Testimony Didn’t Work

CBS News reinterviewed some of the respondents from their March 30-April 1 poll on the night of April 8, the day Rice testified. Here are some of the changes they found.
Bush’s handling of the situation with Iraq: essentially unchanged (45 percent approval/50 percent disapproval to 46/50).
Bush’s handling of the campaign against terrorism: down slightly, from 58/36 to 56/38.
Whether the result of the war with Iraq was worth the associated costs: down from 39 yes/53 no to 34 yes/57 no (27/65 among independents).
Whether the US did the right thing in taking military action against Iraq or should have stayed out: down from 55 right thing/39 stayed out to 50/46.
Whether the policies of the Bush adminstration have made the US safer from terrorism: very slightly up, from 50 yes to 51.
Whether the Bush administration was paying enough attention to terrorism prior to 9/11: up from 18 paying enough attention/71 not enough attention, but only to 25/68.
Good thing Bush is taking a rest. It looks like he’s going to need it.

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