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Poll: Bush strong in handling terror

More than 60 percent of Americans participating in the latest Time/CNN poll don’t believe any of the nine announced candidates for the 2004 Democratic Party presidential nomination could handle the terrorism issue. In the poll released Sunday, and which will appear in the June 2 issue of Time, 62 percent of respondents answered “No, not convinced,” when asked, “In your view, have any of the Democratic candidates convinced you that they can handle terrorism or not?” A total of 18 percent answered “Yes” and 20 percent were listed as “not sure.” Among self-described Democratic poll respondents, 49 percent said they were not convinced of the party’s pool of candidates ability to handle terrorism. Some 29 percent of Democrats said they were. By contrast, 72 percent of respondents said President Bush was doing a “good” job of handling terrorism and 23 percent rated his performance on that issue as “bad.” Last week’s increase of the terror-threat level to orange — the second-highest level — came just before the poll was conducted and seemingly brought little concern from the U.S. public. Three-quarters of respondents said they are not personally worried about terrorism when in public places. The figure — 75 percent — is the second-highest listed for this particular question in about 10 years. Full Story

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