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Approval of President

The sharp increase in approval over the past five months marks a modern record, says pollster Floyd Ciruli, who measured Bush's favorability in Jully 2001 and again in January 2002. Even a high percentage (64%) of Democrats approve of the job Bush is doing.

Public opinion for Bush could help Republican candidates seeking re-election in November 2002.

President Bush’s approval has soared among Colorado voters since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It has gone from 56% in July 2001 to 83% today.

Question: Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?

Approve 83% 56%
Disapprove 12% 39%
Don't know/
5% 5%
Ciruli Associates
N452, June 2001; N600,Jan. 2002

Party Identification and Approval of President
Even a majority of Democrats (64%) approve of President Bush’s job performance. Ninety-seven percent of Republicans approve.

TOTAL Dem. Unaff. Rep.
Approve 83% 64% 85% 97%
Disapprove 12% 28% 10% 2%
Don't know/refused 5% 8% 5% 2%
Ciruli Associates, N600,Jan. 2002

  • Telephone survey conducted by Ciruli Associates from January 23 to January 31, 2002 for 9KUSA.

  • The survey interviewed 600 adult residents of Colorado. The respondents were selected from a scientifically generated random sample of registered voters in Colorado. Respondents were screened to identify likely voters in the November 2002 general election. The June 2001 survey referenced was conducted from June 25 to 28, 2001 with 452 registered likely Colorado voters. It was sponsored by the Denver Post and aired on 9KUSA and KOA News Radio.

  • Telephone interviews were conducted by a professional, supervised interviewing service. Pre-testing was conducted to enhance reliability. A multiple callback procedure was employed to reduce non-response.

  • Statistical range of accuracy in 19 out of 20 cases is ±4.0 percentage points for a sample size of 600. Sample tolerances for subgroups are larger. For example, the confidence interval for a subgroup of 300 respondents is ±5.7 percentage points.

  • Due to rounding, not all totals equal 100 percent. Survey results can be affected by other factors in addition to sampling error such as question wording and order.

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