Prime Minister Tony Blair's popularity rating has risen to its highest level in months, according to a poll published Friday.

Forty-three percent of respondents surveyed by MORI said they were satisfied with the way Blair was "doing his job as prime minister." Forty-eight percent said they were dissatisfied.

It was Blair's best rating since June 2002, when 46 percent of respondents were satisfied and 47 percent were dissatisfied.

Last month, a MORI poll found only 31 percent of respondents were happy with his performance, and 61 percent were unhappy.

Blair took a major political gable in committing some 45,000 British troops to military action against Iraq despite widespread opposition in Britain to involvement in a war without U.N. backing. Recent polls, however, have shown growing support now that war has started.

MORI interviewed 983 adults face to face between March 20-24. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.