As President George W. Bush enters his second term, Americans remain divided over his presidency. While most are generally optimistic about the coming four years under his stewardship, they have low expectations for what the President will be able to accomplish. They are not upbeat about the prospects for the economy, their taxes, or the war in Iraq.
58 percent of Americans are optimistic about the coming four years with Bush. But when he first took office in January 2001, this measure stood at 64 percent. Optimism is also lower than the 66 percent rating when Bill Clinton took his oath of office for a second time in January 1997.