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President's approval rating again at its lowest

WASHINGTON -- Public approval of the job President Bush is doing now matches its all-time low, according to an Associated Press -Ipsos poll .

The survey, released yesterday, indicates widespread discontent over how Bush is handling the war in Iraq, efforts against terrorism, and domestic issues. It also underscores challenges Republican presidential and congressional candidates will confront next year when they face voters who appear to be clamoring for change.

Only 32 percent of the poll participants said they were satisfied with how Bush is handling his job overall, the same low point APIpsos polling measured in January and a drop of 3 percentage points since May. Bush still has the approval of 7 in 10 Republicans, though that is near his historic low for GOP support of 67 percent in January, according to the poll.

On issue after issue, approval of Bush's efforts matched previous all-time lows in the survey.

The current poll was conducted using telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults from June 4 to 6. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.