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Friday, May 5, 2006 - Page updated at 08:20 AM

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Highlights of the poll

By The Associated Press

Here are some demographics and details about the AP-Ipsos poll on attitudes about President Bush, Congress and the two political parties. The results are taken from a poll of 1,000 adults that was conducted Monday through Wednesday. The poll, conducted by the international polling firm Ipsos, has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, larger for subgroups. It looks at how different groups feel about Bush and Congress and how they view the midterm elections.

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Job approval: Bush's job approval was at 33 percent, his lowest yet in the AP-Ipsos poll. People with the harshest views of Bush's job performance tended to be non-whites, women with college degrees, single women, people in the Northeast and those who say their financial situation is weak. Approval ratings by household incomes show trouble for Bush among upper-income Americans, a bracket that normally favors the GOP. While he gets his highest job approval rating (49 percent) from the $50,000-to-$75,000 bracket, only 31 percent of Americans with household incomes exceeding $75,000 give Bush good marks.

Congress: A fourth of Americans, 25 percent, now approve of the job Congress is doing, down 5 points in a month and a new low in AP-Ipsos polling. Nearly two-thirds, 65 percent, of conservatives disapprove, as do 73 percent of moderates and 82 percent of liberals. Six in 10, 61 percent, of Republicans disapprove, as do 80 percent of Democrats and about as many independents. Disapproval of Congress increases with age: 18-29, 54 percent; 30-39, 63 percent, 40-49 and 50-64, 77 percent, and 65 and over, 83 percent. Only 2 percent of Americans strongly approve of how Congress is handling its job, compared with 34 percent who strongly disapprove. No difference by gender on Congress job approval overall, but men (40 percent) were more likely than women (29 percent) to strongly disapprove.

Control of Congress: Half, 51 percent, want the Democrats to win control of Congress, including 31 percent of conservatives, 59 percent of moderates and 81 percent of liberals. Ten percent of self-described Republicans prefer Democratic control of Congress compared with only 2 percent of Democrats preferring Republican control.

Right direction/wrong track: Right direction/wrong track was 44-51 at the start of Bush's second term, 33-64 at the end of 2005, 35-61 in February and it's 23-73 now. Those now saying the country is on the wrong track include: 62 percent of conservatives, 77 percent of moderates, and 92 percent of liberals. Half, 49 percent, of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats and a clear majority of independents think the country is on the wrong track.

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Analysis by AP Polling Director Mike Mokrzycki and AP Manager of News Surveys Trevor Tompson.

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