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POLITICS: Bush Approval Rating Soars

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posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 06:08 AM
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A new Gallup poll shows President Bush's approval rating rising to 57%, the highest level in a year. The poll also shows rising public confidence in the war in Iraq, with the number of Americans feeling positive about how the conflict is going for the U.S. rising to 53% from 40%. The poll also shows that 61% of Americans feel the elections in Iraq went better than expected.

 



Gallup News Service
PRINCETON, NJ -- A new CNN/USA Today/Gallup survey shows that President George W. Bush's approval rating has increased to 57%, up from 51% three weeks ago. The approval increase appears to be related to the recent Iraqi elections, which the poll shows went better than most Americans expected. In general, the public is more positive now than it was before the elections about the way Bush has handled the situation in Iraq, as well as how the war is faring for the United States. At the same time, the poll shows little change in Bush's job approval rating on the economy or on Social Security.

The poll, conducted Feb. 4-6, shows Bush's overall approval rating the highest it has been in over a year. In fact, his approval rating has not exceeded 55% since a Jan. 9-11, 2004 poll, when 59% of Americans indicated their approval of the way Bush was handling the presidency. In the wake of the Democratic primaries and caucuses that followed, along with troubles in Iraq (such as the Abu Ghraib prison scandal), Bush's rating dropped as low as 46% (in May) and then fluctuated around 50% during the rest of the year.




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Great news for the Bush administration! This may be a short lived bump due to the highly successful Iraqi elections, but if they had been a failure, the drop would also have been sharp. As long as the situation in Iraq comes to a successful end, I believe the whole Iraq war will have been a positive for his administration, no matter what criticisms can be launched regarding the circumstances surrounding the initial reasons for the invasion.


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posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:02 AM
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Gallup is Pro-bush, and is usually above 3 points over other moderate groups.

The Bump is probly more because of the state of the union pep rally, and also more time spent promoting the Bush agenda



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:06 AM
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This just goes to show that the American people don't look at the whole picture. We are satisfied/turned off by individual political actions.



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:31 AM
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Yeah in your dreams, lets talk to the vets and the poor now that bush wants to cut their benefits, yeah dare to dream



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:40 AM
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Since Bush won't be able to run again I doubt his approval rating matters that much to him.

Here's something that Democrats should be looking at:



Forty-six percent of the people polled have a favorable impression of the Democratic Party, the lowest level since at least 1992.

Bloomberg


I'd be pretty worried about that figure Marg, if you ever want to see a Democrat in the White House again!



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:54 AM
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Regarless of who wins and when reality check, we are in a hole and just getting dipper, bush and Co. are profiting with their invesment firm while we the people will take the debt our nation is getting on since bush is in power.

And is still another 4 years of more borrowing to come. God help us all.



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 09:02 AM
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Originally posted by marg6043
Regarless of who wins and when reality check, we are in a hole and just getting dipper, bush and Co. are profiting with their invesment firm while we the people will take the debt our nation is getting on since bush is in power.

And is still another 4 years of more borrowing to come. God help us all.


Exactly. When will this end.

And it's totally crazy that the Iraqi elections are considered a success. They have been successfull all right in that there were few attacks, mostly due to the vehicular traffic ban. The result of the election is the rise to power of fairly radical Islamists, some even Iranian nationals (Al-Sistani, who's in control behind the scenes). It's a bitter irony that having lost so many American lives and having paid an exorbitant amount of money, and still counting, all that we have acheved is installing a pro-Iran (axis of evil) regime.

It's just a losing situation, when the public doesn't understand jack about what's going on and gives Bush a boost



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 09:17 AM
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Originally posted by marg6043
Regarless of who wins and when reality check, we are in a hole and just getting dipper, bush and Co. are profiting with their invesment firm while we the people will take the debt our nation is getting on since bush is in power.

And is still another 4 years of more borrowing to come. God help us all.


Marg, I just wonder, do you even know what you are talking about? Debt is supposed to raise as years go by, more so after 9/11.... If you put in the equation the economy, our debt was worse in the 80s than it is now....and we made it through the 80s.....

The one problem that we are having is because of our "supposed friends" dumping the dollar...the same systems that you seem to like so much, communists and socialist countries.



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posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 09:52 AM
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Muaddib I wonder if you know in which country you live in and if you respect the nation you’re able to make a living in.

You are so out of reality that I wonder about your state of mind. I have never seen somebody so gone from the present as you.

You make references of communist countries, get what we are in trouble in our nation and the faster you realized it, the better you will be able to deal with what is coming in the future, your children your grandchildren and your very life hood is in jeopardy.

You are young and you can plan, but me and my husband my parents and grandparents are not so fortunate and when the bad times that are coming our way get here millions of people in my situation will have to take the brunt of this administration spending did to our economy.

And hopefully you and the younger generation will be able to deal with it. Because we will become your burden.

Just some words of wisdom from a middle age American, that has seen good times, nice times, bad times, and an obscure future.

God bless you muaddib.



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 10:13 AM
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Originally posted by marg6043
Muaddib I wonder if you know in which country you live in and if you respect the nation you’re able to make a living in.

You are so out of reality that I wonder about your state of mind. I have never seen somebody so gone from the present as you.
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I beg your pardon....you.... are questioning my state of mind?....

Ok Marg....

As usual, when you can't really back what you have to say, attack those who disagree with you.....typical.....

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posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 10:19 AM
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As a general rule, the public gets fatigued of a certain style of rule after 8-12 years. It takes a really good second term to put a president's preferred successor into office.
If the next 2 years look good, Bush can retire Cheney and start grooming a neo-con for top job. It is highly possible that the only way to steal thunder from a Hillary Clinton candidacy would be to one-up that with a Condi Rice candidacy.
On the other hand, if neo-con rule goes badly, Bush has to let himself get reigned in just a bit for show by people like John McCain so that a moderate republican can steal moderates who feel a need for a "changing of the guard".

Whatever happens, Bush's approval ratings and the way that Republicans react to them are going to have A LOT to do with the next election.

My guess is that despite the utmost efforts of this administration, we will not manage to get a war with Iran. This will make it possible for a neo-con run in 2008, with Rummy and Wolfowitz almost certain to return as cabinet members and Condi as a strong possibility for one of the top 2 spots. I'm planning to do a little research and tender my guess for the exact republican lineup for 2008 soon enough.



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 10:39 AM
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of course Bush is up in the polls...

the acid in our drinking supply must be kicking in...

is HAARP active these days? my feelings are so confused...

i think..... i think... I think i like bush....

yes that is the word...

I like ... no strike that.... the humming is telling me... I LOVE BUSH!...

the voices in my head keep saying "you love bush... you love bush"

where is my damn foil hat? somtin ain't right here...



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 10:52 AM
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Originally posted by LazarusTheLong

is HAARP active these days? my feelings are so confused...



They have a few comercials around.

Now the ones that are now on center stage is the,

AARP is very active they have now ads against the taken over of the SS, I was laughing at one of them the other day, is portrait elderly people taking over minor low pay jobs like to get ends meet.

They are active alright and they are angry



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 06:49 PM
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I've got a different spin on this title, Vagabond.

I think it is absolutely, amazing that his approval rating is on the upswing. If you wander around this site you will find heated debates regarding Bush and something or other. The deaths in Iraq continue, the elections do not justify that. Bush just released a budget that does nothing to social security, nor the war...........it actually seems to be cutting more of the domestic area, which are the very people who are apparently approving of this. Bush "lied again"; apparently the State of the Union was an excercise in public relations.

The approval rating can no doubt be biased, nothing has happened.......Iraqi elections? So we get to feel all warm and fuzzy about another group of people getting duped into thinking they have a say in how their government handles their lives? I guess the warm fuzziness is justified because, just recently, they didn't even have the luxury of being duped. The Iraqi elections are going to effect the american population how? What physical benefits do we get from this? Not that I'm greedy and feel I need something, but the ongoing problems aren't justified.........this should be the U.N's problem now, not America.

Bush's approval rating is on the upswing..........must be the added support of all those farmers and veterans...............



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 06:56 PM
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The poll also shows that 61% of Americans feel the elections in Iraq went better than expected.


This figure means 39% of Americans expected this to happen the way it did. Just wanted to bring that to people's attention



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 07:12 PM
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Originally posted by junglejake

The poll also shows that 61% of Americans feel the elections in Iraq went better than expected.


This figure means 39% of Americans expected this to happen the way it did.



Does not read that way at all.

According to the poll, for 61% of participants the outcomes were better than expected - saying nothing for whether the expectations were high, mediocre, or abysmal.

For the 39% remainder, the outcomes by definition were either as expected or worse than expected.

This is all very interesting too, given that no outcomes are known and all is down to hyped selective media coverage.




posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 07:33 PM
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Ok people reality check the so call "ratings soars" is from a poll of 1000 people done by phone.

Probably it was done in a very Republican state that love to kiss up to Bush administration.




Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,010 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted Feb. 4-6, 2005. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.



Well I may say 1010 from a population of millions well I will let you imagine the rest.



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 07:43 PM
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Originally posted by marg6043



For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.




Does anyone know what that 95% confidence in sampling error is based on?



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:15 PM
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Djohn
this is by far
the best post you ever made


I think
you're dreaming


Regards,

DGtempe~



posted on Feb, 8 2005 @ 08:25 PM
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Remember libs, you all were ready not long ago to hand over the Presidency to someone based on your opinion that a poll was more accurate than an actual vote count!



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