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Poll: Bush Scores High on Security, Fails on Economy - 2003-09-07


A new poll shows a majority of Americans feel President George W. Bush has made the country safer from terrorist threats, but feel he has not helped the economy.

The poll released Sunday by CBS News shows 55 percent of people say the country's economy is in bad shape. Eighty-six percent said the Bush administration holds at least some blame for the economic crisis and job losses.

Almost eight in 10 people said the country is now safer from terrorist attack.

The survey took responses from nearly 800 registered voters late last month. About seven in 10 voters said their decision in next year's presidential election will be based on domestic issues.

Saturday, a survey from the Zogby research group showed a decline in people who feel Mr. Bush should be re-elected, to 40 percent from 45 percent last month.

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