Monday, November 14, 2005

Poll This

Bush opinion poll approval ratings are hovering in the mid to high thirties these days. CNN/Gallup has him at 37%, CBS at 35%, Newsweek at 36%, NBC/Wall Street Journal at 38% and ABC/Washington Post at 39% according to the online Polling Report crew. The 37 and 36% numbers are from the latest polls.

The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll from this weekend shows Bush's approval at 37%, the disapproval (i.e., sane humans) rating at 60% and unsure at 3%. Yes, three percent of the people contacted don't know if they approve or disapprove of Bush. I think that should be renamed, "could really give a flying %@$#" instead.

I would take this as good news, but the same site continues to show that 20% of those questioned still regard Reagan as "the greatest US President." As a sop to the rest of us, Lincoln does manage to sneak in at third with 14%, behind Clinton at 2nd place. Now I liked Clinton as much as the next person who didn't hate his guts. But greater than Lincoln?

KANSAS - Forget your fight over [un]intelligent design. We need you and the rest of the country to start teaching history!


Anonymous buckarooskidoo said...

on the teaching of history, here here. the thing that bothered(bothers)me most about the last election is people's willingness to believe allegations from partisan players with no basis in fact. the swift boat stuff/thk a supporter of terrorism is a great case in point. this ought to be a skeptical country, a questioning country, but it accepts all kinds of things on faith that could bring it great harm--like war with iraq. in any history exam, on any journal article, you need unimpeachable evidence to back up your claims--your referees see to that. only in the national government is it acceptable to say, "trust us on this one" and trust will come.
this might be changing, but i don't hold my breath.

1:33 PM  
Anonymous buckarooskidoo said...

one more thing on teaching history/skepticism: how do you reach the netizens of they have the most astonishing mix of antifactual and delusional material--in fact, they have not only their own opinions, but their own facts. how many times in the msm was it pointed out that patrick fitzgerald was an equal-opportunity junkyard dog prosecutor, registered independent, etc. etc. etc.? well, the freepers to a man referred to him as "democrat prosecutor patrick fitzgerald" and went on to outline his close ties to hillary clinton and every other prominent dem...i mean, this is the guy who has nearly brought down bill daley in chicago. all those allegations about him are demonstrably false, and yet they keep on saying they are true.
how can we reach this crowd with a message of "show me" and "cheerful skepticism?"

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how we'll reach those folks, but as soon as someone figures out, let us know and we'll start working on the birchers & kkkrs.

3:51 PM  

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