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Media’s Take on Bush Poll Numbers:

President Bush got a boost in approval rating and election polling due in part to the focus last week on Reagan√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs funeral and the coming handover of power in Iraq, Newsday reported.

Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, which conducted the poll, said, “Bush got a little lift last week from the Reagan commemoration. His (approval) ratings were 44 percent in interviewing done before … and went up to 50 percent after Reagan’s death.”

Election polling showed President Bush leading John Kerry in a three-way race, with Bush at 46 percent, Kerry at 42 percent and Ralph Nader at 6 percent. In a race between just Bush and Kerry, the candidates were tied.

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