Bush Attitudes

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Many Americans see a bigger federal deficit and a weaker health-care system by the time President Bush leaves office.

Seven in ten surveyed in a CBS-New York Times poll think the federal deficit will increase by January 2009. Half don't think health care will be any better while four in ten think it'll be worse.

The Bush administration's new Medicare drug prescription program, which the administration said would save money for (m) millions, has not inspired much optimism. About half in the poll say they expect seniors will be paying more for prescription drugs by the end of the president's term. A third think they'll be paying the same and the rest think they'll pay less.

Bush is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent and favorably by just 37 percent as he prepares for his sixth State of the Union address next week.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three-percentage points.