June 8, 2006

The Saddam Jump in Bush’s Approval Rating


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.

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