On the eve of the President's State of the Union speech, both CBS and NBC conducted polls of his approval rating. NBC's 35% was bad but CBS' 28% was abysmal.
Tim Russert detailed NBC poll results: voters see the President as suffering a long-term setback and want Congress to seize the policy initiative from the White House. Majorities foresee continued instability in Iraq and want Bush to abide by any resolution in opposition to a troop build-up there. However, only 41% supported of cut-off of funding for the war with 52% opposed.
CBS' poll showed higher levels of support for a cut-off of funds than NBC's--50% do not want to pay for the build-up--and Jim Axelrod saw former Republican Armed Services Committee chairman Sen John Warner join the opposition to the President's Iraq policy.
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