Giving The Public What It Wants

Public What It Wants Bush's popularity reflects the country's cautious sense of satisfaction

Sober analysts and perhaps Wall Street investors may be disturbed by Washington's status quo politics, but most Americans remain in a cautious, conservative mood. They seem even more detached than usual from combat in the nation's capital and content with George Bush's bland stewardship. A TIME/CNN poll last week demonstrated that Bush and the Republican Party have prospered dramatically in this atmosphere.

The survey, conducted by Yankelovich Clancy Shulman, found that 75% of those questioned approve of Bush's performance in office -- a new high for the President, and a better mark by far than Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford...

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