April 30, 2001

The First 100 Days

Positive Neutral Negative Satire
Leadership 32% 53% 14% 1%
Ideology 17% 47% 36% 0%
Character 46% 31% 15% 8%

Media assessments of Bush in his first two months in office were strikingly positive when the subject was his character. When the subject turned to ideology, while coverage was more neutral than not, the tone became more negative.