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Americans aren't buying the Bush terror message this time

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So far this year, the American people are rejecting Bush's political campaign based on terror. They're even starting to get the fact that Iraq and the war on terror aren't linked according to the latest NY Times poll:

Americans increasingly see the war in Iraq as distinct from the fight against terrorism, and nearly half believe President Bush has focused too much on Iraq to the exclusion of other threats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

The finding that 51 percent of those surveyed see no link between the war in Iraq and the broader antiterror effort was a jump of 10 percentage points since June. It came despite the regular insistence of Mr. Bush and Congressional Republicans that the two are intertwined and should be seen as complementary elements of an overall strategy to prevent domestic terror attacks.

Should the trend hold, the increased skepticism could present a political obstacle for Mr. Bush and his allies on Capitol Hill, who are making their record on terrorism a central element of the midterm election campaign. The Republicans hope the public’s desire for forceful action against terrorists will offset unease with the Iraq war and blunt the political appeal of Democratic calls to establish a timeline to withdraw American troops.
Doesn't bode well for the Rove strategy. It's still pathetic that only 51% of Americans see no link between Iraq and terror. But, that's better than it has been -- and it's happening while Bush and the GOP are trying to make the link.

Also, the poll found that Bush's approval is still at 36%.

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