Monday :: Mar 13, 2006

Gallup: Bush Down To 36% - Majority Think Administration Lied To Get Into War

by Steve

When the recent CBS poll had Bush down to 34%, the White House and RNC claimed that the poll was wrong and flawed. What will they say now that the latest CNN/USAT/Gallup poll out late today has Bush down to 36%? As Bush tries for the umpteenth time today to sell America on how smart he was to send us into this war, the poll indicates that Iraq will be his Waterloo, and would probably be a liability for any GOP incumbent who stands beside him this year and in 2008. And that includes John McCain, who will stand beside Bush on Iraq until it takes McCain down in 2008.

On the same day Bush launched another offensive to build public support for the war in Iraq, the CNN poll showed more than half of Americans, 57 percent, believed the war was a mistake and half believed the war was going badly.
Two-thirds, 67 percent, of respondents thought Bush did not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, said the poll of 1,001 adults, which had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

60% of those polled feel that the war is going badly, no matter what spin Bush or Rummy try and put on it.

But here’s the kicker (click through the poll link):

Question: Do you think the Bush administration deliberately misled the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, or not?

Yes: 51%
No: 46%

Gallup used the word “misled”, and asked if the administration misled the public, and didn’t use the usual “bad intelligence” excuse the GOP cultists use.

Boy, that CBS poll doesn’t look like an outlier anymore, does it?

For the record, this Gallup poll had only a slight advantage for Democrats in its sample (34%) as compared to Republicans (32%), a smaller advantage than other polls taken over the last year. This makes you wonder what the poll's findings would be if the sample had the 6-10 point advantage for Democrats that these other polls have had.

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