US President George W Bush is loosing support among women and the elderly, a development which shows the depth of US public resistance to Social Security and the occupation of Iraq.
Mr Bush's popularity registered a particularly steep decline among the elderly, with 55 per cent of Americans aged 65 or older disapproving. There has also been a collapse in support among women, with just 42 per cent approval, down from 51 per cent before November's presidential election.
The poll results for opinion on iraq mirror the president's populatiry rating. Only 41 per cent of respondents in the new Time poll approved of his handling of Iraq and 55 per cent disapproved.