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Bush woe as rating slips again.

Byline: IVOR KEY in New York

GEORGE Bush's popularity has dropped below 70 per cent for the first time since September 11.

And 45 per cent of Americans quizzed in the latest nationwide Gallup poll say they are worse off than a year ago.

The survey is a double blow for the president.

It coincides with the release of documents that raise fresh questions about his role with energy giant Harken a decade ago.

Bush's latest rating of 69 per cent is four per cent down on early July and 21 per cent below his peak after the New York carnage.

The Harken documents show that Bush had an active role in business decisions when he was a director in 1989.

He has always denied taking an active part in running the firm, which was probed by investigators after a controversial transaction that year.

Bush is under pressure to explain why he sold his 200,000 Harken shares for $850,000 in 1990.

Two months later the company's stock price plunged.

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