83 Percent

That’s the number of respondents that think that President Bush is either hiding something or outright lying about Iraq.

Mr. Bush clearly faces constraints as he seeks to address the public concerns about Iraq that have shrouded this midterm election: 83 percent of respondents thought that Mr. Bush was either hiding something or mostly lying when he discussed how the war in Iraq was going. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said Mr. Bush was personally aware of pre-9/11 intelligence reports that warned of possible domestic terrorist attacks using airplanes. When the same question was asked in May 2002, 41 percent said they believed Mr. Bush was aware.

Oh and by the way in a time of the year that most in Congress from the party in power are looking for support from the President in their re-election campaigns, the same poll has Bush’s popularity at a dismal 34 percent.

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