Newsweek reviews its new poll:

A new NEWSWEEK poll finds that last week’s capture of Saddam Hussein increased public confidence about U.S. efforts in Iraq. The arrest of the Iraqi dictator also boosted President George W. Bush’s approval rating and widened the gap between Bush and his Democratic rivals for the White House, the poll found.

Bush’s approval rating now stands at 54 percent, its highest level since July and an increase of three percentage points from last week’s poll. Saddam’s arrest also gave Bush an eight-point boost in his handling of the situation in Iraq: 53 percent of Americans now approve, while 39 percent do not.