June 8, 2006

The Saddam Jump in Bush’s Approval Rating

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That’s the number of percentage points that President Bush’s approval rating jumped in the Gallup poll after Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003.

In a Gallup survey taken Dec 5-7, 2004, President Bush was viewed favorably by 55% of the public while 43% disapproved. Shortly thereafter, on December 13, Iraq President Saddam was captured by U.S. forces. In a subsequent survey conducted on December 15-16, the president’s margin climbed to 63% approve, 34% disapprove. The bump in Bush’s ratings persisted until Jan 12-15, 2004, when he slipped back to a 53% approve-44% margin.