http://www.time.com/time/press_releases/article/0,8599,1018033,00.html Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 New York President Bushs approval rating has risen to 53%, according to the latest TIME poll conducted January 12 and 13. His approval rating is up 4 points from his Dec. 13-14 approval rating of 49%. The Presidents approval numbers have improved across a variety of issues, including his handling of the economy (51% approve, up from 40% approve in September), his handling of the situation in Iraq (45% approve, up from 41% approval in September), and his handling of the war on terrorism (56% approve, up from 49% in September). http://www.militarycity.com/polls/ Do you approve or disapprove of the way Pres. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq? Approve: 63% Disapprove: 20% No opinion: 8% Declined to answer: 9% Notably, Bush's approval ratings on the war have increased substantially among this group, rising from 56% in 2003 to 63% in 2004.