"... 54 percent disapprove [on Bush's job performance in January] ... The number who think the country is headed down the wrong track increased from 51 percent to 58 percent in the past month. ... Only four in 10 said they approved of Bush's handling of domestic policy in general, and a majority of people disapproved of his handling of the economy. ... Some 42 percent said they approved of the president's handling of Iraq, while 57 percent disapproved.The headline for this? "Poll Shows Optimism About Iraq."
The apparent reason for the positive headline is that 51% of those polled "think a stable, democratic Iraq is likely"; the number had been 46% before the Iraq elections. ... 51%? Sounds like another mandate.