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Poll: Laura Bush’s Popularity Grows

July 2, 2002

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Almost seven in 10 Americans say they approve of the job Laura Bush is doing, suggesting her popularity has grown in the last year, says a new poll.

The poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press indicates that only 8 percent have a negative impression of her. Approval for Laura Bush has grown from 58 percent in July 2001 to 69 percent last month. The poll of 1,212 adults was taken June 19-23 and has an error margin of 3.5 percentage points.

Among the poll’s other findings:

_When people were asked what one word best describes their impression of Laura Bush, they were most likely to mention ``nice,″ ``intelligent″ and ``classy.″

_Two-thirds of the public approved of the job Hillary Rodham Clinton was doing as first lady in November 2000, but three in 10 disapproved. In 1996, people were about evenly divided about Clinton.

_More than three-fourths, 77 percent, approved of the job done by Barbara Bush as first lady in April 1992.

_When people were asked which of the last four wives of presidents came closest to their idea of what a first lady should be, Clinton was first with very heavy support from Democrats, Barbara Bush was second and Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan were tied for third.

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