A new poll indicates U.S. public opinion of President Bush's handling of the war in Iraq has hit a new low.
A survey by the U.S. publication Newsweek magazine indicates that 61 percent disapprove of his effort, with only 34 percent of those polled expressing approval.
The findings, which echo other recent polls, represent the lowest rating yet on Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq.
The president's overall approval rating dropped to 42 percent, while 51 percent of Americans answering the poll said they do not like the way he is handling the job.
Supporters have expressed concern Mr. Bush's plummeting poll numbers and rising U.S. death toll in Iraq will affect next year's congressional elections.
Hours after 14 U.S. Marines were killed in Iraq last week, President Bush said American troops will remain in the country until Iraqi forces can deal with the insurgency.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.