Bush Approval Rating Eases off the Brink

Looking to November, 52 percent of registered voters say they prefer the Democrat in their congressional district, 39 percent the Republican – a rough gauge only, given the dearth of truly competitive seats. It's looked pretty much the same since last November.

The Democrats have a 10-point edge, 48 to 38 percent, in trust to handle the nation's main problems. Their steadiest lead is in trust to handle the economy, a 52-39 percent advantage over the Republicans, and a valuable one for the Democrats, since the economy ties Iraq as the most-cited concern in this year's elections.

But the Democrats' lead on handling immigration issues has slipped to a scant five points, down from 14 points in May. And while the Democrats hold a 14-point lead on handling corruption, that's down from 25 points this spring. Indeed, when it comes to dealing with corruption in Washington, 22 percent say they don't trust either party.

METHODOLOGY -- This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone June 22-25, 2006, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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