Smear ‘N Spin works: The White House strategy of trashing their opponents and flying the President all over hell and half of Texas for photo-ops during Hurricane Rita was effective as usual:
President George W. Bush’s approval rating rose from the lowest of his presidency, a survey released by Newsweek magazine showed today.
Bush’s approval rating rose to 40 percent from 38 percent in the days after Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29. The survey, conducted Sept. 29 and 30, found 53 percent of participants disapproved of Bush’s job performance, Newsweek said in an e-mailed statement. The results of its poll will appear in the Oct. 10 issue of the magazine.
Bush’s response to Hurricane Rita, which struck the Gulf Coast on Sept. 24, helped his job approval rating rebound from a record low in another poll. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Sept. 29 found public approval increased to 45 percent in the poll conducted Sept. 26-28 from 40 percent in a Sept. 16-18 poll.