GOP MYTHS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR THE CONSERVATIVES TO SMOKE IN THEIR PIPES
Considering other recent poll results similar to the ones below, I submit the following as evidence which may support my assertions:
These latest poll results are, in part, from that bastion of liberalism, The Wall Street Journal. I am sure they asked left-leaning questions and tried to make Bush look as bad as they could. If nothing else, The Journal must have provided some "fairness and balance" in the face of the undoubted bald-faced liberal questioning by the minions of NBC.
But awwww, why do they have to report this kind of stuff? We should be feeling sorry for Dubya. He needs our support at a time when our country is at war! Heh... That's what John McCain seems to think, anyway, based on what he said at the recent GOP straw poll. The guy is a real joker.
Anyway, Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican Bill McInturff conducted this NBC/WSJ survey.
From Mark Murray, NBC News (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11843383/):
"According to the poll — which was taken of 1,005 adults from March 10-13, and which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points — 61 percent disapprove of Bush’s handling of the situation. Moreover, 57 percent are less confident that the war in Iraq will come to a successful conclusion, which is a seven-point increase since December. And 61 percent say the United States should reduce the number of troops there, while just 31 percent want to maintain the current troop level. "
"Republican pollster McInturff puts it this way: 'It is hard to pivot … when every day the core decision in your presidency is Iraq” — and the situation there appears grim.'"
"Looking ahead to the midterm elections in November, the poll shows that 50 percent prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress versus 37 percent who want it controlled by Republicans.
McInturff says it’s a “problematic environment” for the Republicans. 'You are working harder as a Republican [candidate] because you are pushing uphill.'"
"But Republicans still have some advantages — beyond their campaign cash and the small number of competitive races this fall —that could benefit them in November. In the poll, they hold the advantage over Democrats on Iraq and homeland security. (However, Democrats have the edge on health care, the economy, taxes and ethics in government.)"
Ya hear that?
People seem to think the Democrats have the edge on ethics in government! Now THAT's something all the "moral values" crowd should put in their pipes and smoke.
Democrats are also perceived as having the edge in the economy and (gasp) TAXES... ! This may suggest a tendency for people to think the GOP is mismanaging things, and that maybe the fiscal conservatives should put their "Democrats are wasteful big spenders" crap in their pipes and smoke that, too. Same with the "tax cuts" stuff.
The "liberal media" mantra is also quite smokeable... especially considering that a right-wing publication co-polled Americans to get the above 37% "approval" rating.
If voters continue to wake up to the realization that the Bush administration and its spin machine control large groups of voters by lying to them outright, and by making them afraid, they might get wise to the tactics and get tired of it all. How does the word "backlash" sound? It especially sounds nice when it's GOP backlash against a GOP administration!
Also... shouldn't it be called a "disapproval rating" if less than half the respondents approve of the POTUS? Just wondering.
Sure I'm being a real snot here, but I'm just in a pissy mood this evening. Hope you're enjoying it too! Heh...