THE NATIONAL SCENE
Americans Want Different Type of President Next Time
According to a TIME magazine poll conducted between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1:
• 3 out of 5 Americans want the next U.S. president to be completely different from incumbent George W. Bush
• Bush's policies in Iraq and high gasoline and energy prices had a "very negative'' effect on his overall job rating for 45 percent of respondents
• Only 36 percent would like the next president to have policies similar to those of Bush, compared with 60 percent who want a different type of leader.
• 41 percent approve of the job Bush is doing while 53 percent disapprove, little changed from results in September after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast.
• Of those who disapprove, 76 percent said they were unlikely to change their opinion of Bush.
"The findings indicate Bush is failing to reverse flagging approval ratings after laying out his strategy for Iraq in a Nov. 30 speech."
THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
Mideast Distrust of U.S. Growing
People in Arab nations believe the Iraq war has brought less peace, more terrorism and contrary to Washington's claims, will result in less democracy, a new poll indicates.
See: Aljazeera.Net - Poll: Mideast distrust of US growing