Its probably too little, too late, but what the hell. We'll take our good news where we can get it.
Our friends at Gallup have published two interesting and encouraging polls recently. What I find the most interesting about this first one is that only 7% of Americans think that terrorism is America's most important problem. So just who are these Chicken Littles who go around fretting day and night about the possibity that "ragheads" are going to murder them in their sleep? Looks like only Ann Coulter, Fox "News" robots and members of the Bush Junta are pitching that paranoia to one another. The rest of America seems to have figured out that they are far more likely to be killed by polutant-induced cancer or lightning (or Dick Cheney on a bender) than by a terrorist.
NEW YORK On the eve of the State of the Union message, Gallup pollsters last
week posed the question Ronald Reagan asked in 1980 when he was running against
Jimmy Carter for president: "Are you better off than you were four years
The reply from Americans represents "a strong rebuke of the Bush era,"
Gallup declared today, with nearly two-thirds saying things have gotten worse in
the past five years. Only 28% say things have improved.
In reply to another question, 35% said they were "satisfied" with the direction of the country, and 65% are dissatisfied.
Does this represent merely the lingering fallout from 9/11? Not likely, since only 3% cited "terrorism" and 2% "homeland security" as a main reason for offerign negative views. Most often cited as evidence that things have gotten worse: Iraq (cited by 26%) and "the economy" (24%).
Asked separately to list the "most important problem facing the country," 23% said the Iraq war, and only 7% terrorism. Various economic issues accounted for 30%.
As expected a whopping 92% of Democrats gave a negative reply to question of have-things-improved-under-Bush, while 60% of Republicans went positive. But, critically, 70% of Independents gave that "not improved" assessment.
Only 6% cited gas prices and 3% poverty as reasons for a negative view.
And the second Good News Poll is:
(the last sentence is the best. Looks like all the criminal scum from Delay to Frist to Santorum are headed for the trash heap of history)
NEW YORK While newspaper editorials remain virtually silent on the subject, the American public seems to have made up its mind. A new Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll out tonight shows that 2 out of 3 adult Americans now want U.S. troops to start to come home from Iraq. And 55% call the decision to attack Iraq in 2003 a "mistake."
The same poll found President Bush's approval rating plunging to 38%. It was even lower in a CBS poll earlier this week: 34%.
In the poll, 38% said some troops should be withdrawn from Iraq now with another 27% saying they all should come home.
Bush's handling of Iraq drew the support of just 35%, while 64% said they disapprove.
Of the 1,020 adults surveyed, 59% said President Bush can no longer manage the government effectively. An overwhelmingly number say they oppose the Dubai ports deal. Asked who they would likely vote for in November, 53% picked Democrats, 39% Republicans.