Wednesday, June 30th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

President Bush popularity at its lowest.

The popularity of US president George Bush dropped to its lowest ever, 42%, with only four months to the presidential election according to the latest public opinion poll aired by CBS and published by The New York Times this Tuesday.

The poll also reveals that opposition to the Iraq war has consolidated and US citizens are worried that the invasion could lead to more terrorist attacks against the United States.

Approval or President Bush's performance now stands at 42%, from the 85% peak it had reached immediately after the attacks on the Twin Towers in September 2001. But even worse the disapproval index of 10% in September 2001 has jumped and consolidated in 50%..

Since June 2003 the number of people interviewed who believe the Iraq war was not worth the effort has increased from 42 to 60%, while those who support it dropped from 42 to 32%.

Besides since the start of 2002 the potential number of voters for president Bush's reelection bid next November has dropped from 62 to 40%.

One of the strong points of President Bush electoral image is that he's considered "reliable" and says the truth but the CBS-NYT latest poll shows that 59% of US citizens believe the president is hiding something and 20% believe he's not saying the truth about the Iraq war.

A majority of US citizens, 55%, considers that the Iraq invasion has created more anti-US terrorists and only 17% think it has helped to eliminate them.

The opinion poll involved 1,053 adults interviewed between June 23 and 27, that is before the Bush administration advanced the transfer of power to an Iraq interim government.

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