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Bush's approval rating jumps to 56 percent

By wire services
Published October 14, 2003

WASHINGTON - President Bush's job approval rating, which had slumped in several recent polls, has bounced back to 56 percent in a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday.

In mid September, his approval was at 50 percent in a similar poll and at 49 percent in an NBC-Wall Street Journal survey, some of the lowest numbers of the Bush presidency.

Gallup executive editor Frank Newport suggested several possible factors for the recent increase: an uptick in the stock market, the Bush administration lobbying on Iraq and media coverage of the California recall that pushed criticism of the president off the front pages.

The poll of 1,004 adults, conducted Friday through Sunday, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Also . . .

CATTLE NOT DISEASED: The U.S. Agriculture Department says final tests confirm cattle held at the Mexican border because of blisters in their mouths do not have foot-and-mouth disease.

Agriculture Department officials said the animals did not have a fever, a key sign of the contagious disease.

The border was closed Friday morning after U.S. officials quarantined a herd of 40 cows at Nogales, Ariz. It hasn't reopened.

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