Poll: Bush's Social Security Plan is Tough Sell

More disapprove than approve of his work on the economy as well as on Social Security. His rating on health care has moderated a bit but is hardly strong; 44 percent approve, 48 percent disapprove. The campaign against terrorism -- the issue that won Bush re-election -- remains the cornerstone of his presidency, with a 59 percent to 38 percent approval rating. All these are little changed from an ABC/Post poll in mid-January. (Bush's ratings on Iraq will be the subject of a separate analysis Tuesday.)

Approval of Bush's Handling of the Issues
Overall Job50
Health Care44
Social Security35


No one issue dominates the public's agenda: Asked what Bush and Congress should make their top priority this year, 27 percent cite the economy and jobs, 23 percent Iraq, 17 percent terrorism and 16 percent health care. But, as noted, Social Security ranks a clear last, selected by 10 percent.

It trails these other issues as a priority even among people who say the system is headed for a crisis, as well as among those who say it needs major changes; and it ranks ahead of just one -- health care -- even among those who support Bush's Social Security proposals.


This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone March 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation were done by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

Click here for PDF version with full questionnaire and results.

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