THOLOS OF ATHENA

Sunday, April 10, 2005

ARE PEOPLE COMING TO THEIR SENSES?

From Salon.com: One day after a Gallup poll revealed that George W. Bush's approval ratings had dropped to the lowest level of any president since World War II at this point in his second term, a new USA Today/CNN poll brings more bad news for the White House.

USA Today notes, "By 55%-40%, respondents say Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans on moral values."

Also: "By more than 2-to-1 (39%-18%), Americans say the 'religious right' has too much influence in the Bush administration," according to the daily.

Bush's approval rating for handling the economy hit a new low--41%. That's down nine points in just two months. Bush's approval rating on Social Security cratered to 35%.

And how people feel about Bush personally fell to a new low: Forty-five percent say they view him favorably.

And (at long last) for the first time in the USA Today/CNN poll, a solid 50 percent of Americans think "the Bush administration deliberately misled (in other words, lied to) the American public about whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction."

Better late than never, I suppose, but what a shame it's taken all this killing to figure it out.

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