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Poll: Bush advisers get favorable marks

Survey shows less support for Cheney, economic aides

Most respondents to a telephone poll say Bush is doing a good job handling world affairs.
Most respondents to a telephone poll say Bush is doing a good job handling world affairs.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush has picked the right advisers, especially on the security and foreign affairs fronts, according to a CNN/Time magazine poll released Sunday.

The president's national security aides are the men and women chiefly earning their keep, 71 percent of the 1,006 Americans surveyed told the pollsters, while only 51 percent of his economic advisers are doing a "fairly" to "very good" job.

In world affairs, 54 percent of respondents said Bush himself is doing a good job, but only 44 percent said he's handling the economy well.

When it came to specifics, Secretary of State Colin Powell garnered a 77 percent favorable rating and only an 11 percent unfavorable rating, while Vice President Dick Cheney attracted a 48 percent favorable rating, versus 32 percent unfavorable.

Almost half of those polled said they were unsure of how they would rate the work of Homeland Security director Tom Ridge.

Half of those polled said Bush was a leader who could be trusted -- slightly less than the number who said his vice president could not be trusted.

Almost two-thirds -- 64 percent -- said they would not like to see Cheney run for president, while 70 percent said they liked the idea of a Powell candidacy.

None of the other choices -- National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Ridge -- got a nod from more than a third of the poll-takers.

The poll, which was conducted by telephone December 17 and 18, has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points.

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