Polls Suggest Rice has Changed Few Minds With Commission Appearance

APRIL 9, 2004 - Posted at 5:27 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - Condoleeza Rice apparently didn't change many minds with her appearance before the 9-11 Commission.

But she may have helped her own public image.

Three-fourths of people in a CBS News poll say they think the Bush administration is either hiding something, or lying about what they knew before the 2001 terrorist attacks.  That was essentially unchanged from a CBS poll last week.

More than half of residents say they saw or heard part of the national security adviser's testimony.

Two-thirds of those who watched say they have a favorable impression of Rice, slightly higher than her overall favorable rating among all those polled.

Two-thirds of respondents say the Bush administration wasn't paying enough attention to terrorism before the attacks, also about the same as last week.

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