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PostSubject: Approval   Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:33 am

Bush's popularity was highly variable during his two terms. He began his presidency with approval ratings near 50%.[300] After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Bush gained an approval rating of 90%,[301] maintaining 8090% approval for four months after the attacks. It remained over 50% during most of his first term.[18]
In 2000 and again in 2004, Time magazine named George W. Bush as its Person of the Year, a title awarded to someone who the editors believe "has done the most to influence the events of the year".[302] In May 2004, Gallup reported that 89% of the Republican electorate approved of Bush.[303] However, the support waned due mostly to a minority of Republicans' frustration with him on issues of spending, illegal immigration, and Middle Eastern affairs.[304]
Within the United States armed forces, according to an unscientific survey, the president was strongly supported in the 2004 presidential elections.[305] While 73% of military personnel said that they would vote for Bush, 18% preferred his Democratic rival, John Kerry.[305] According to Peter Feaver, a Duke University political scientist who has studied the political leanings of the U.S. military, members of the armed services supported Bush because they found him more likely than Kerry to complete the War in Iraq.[305]
Bush's approval rating went below the 50% mark in AP-Ipsos polling in December 2004.[306] Thereafter, his approval ratings and approval of his handling of domestic and foreign policy issues steadily dropped. Bush received heavy criticism for his handling of the Iraq War, his response to Hurricane Katrina and to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, NSA warr

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