Carol Platt Liebau: Better Dig Deep

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Better Dig Deep

This Washington Post poll story is a prime example of journalistic misdirection.

So gleeful are its authors at the low Bush poll numbers that they don't even report the most significant news upfront: 57 percent of Americans say that state and local officials should be blamed for the problems resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

Half the public says the bigger problem is that people failed to take the storm warnings seriously, while nearly as many said the bigger problem was the failure of government to provide transportation to those in the path of the storm.

And here's the key sentence:

"But Americans were even more suspicious of Democrats' motives."

Apparently, 60% of those polled said that, in criticizing the President, Democrats "were just trying to use the disaster for political advantage." And "a third of all Democrats were suspicious of their leaders' motives, as well as eight in 10 Republicans and six in 10 independents."

Yes, President Bush's approval ratings need to go up -- and they will. But there's precious little for Democrats to be encouraged about here.


Blogger ken said...

The Left seems to be trying to use an event such as Hurricane Katrina to try to bring President Bush's
MSM approval rating down.
But, George Bush doesn't seem to flounder even when times are troubling. When times are tough is when the President seems to be at his best. His speech on Thursday night will be one of his shining moments. Again! Leaders rise to the occasion. Great changes take time to happen.. and are much, much slower than a broadband connection to a Democratic Bush Bashing Blog.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

if the numbers went the other way (i.e. 60% saying that Republicans were using the disaster for political motives), this story would have made ALL the MSM headlines.

i agree with ken about thursday's speech. these are the moments that are made for this president. he will do fine.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

Wow! With these numbers I'm 100% sure he won't be re-elected in 08'......Uhhhhhhh.

Plus, who's taking these polls? I'm quite sure I could take one on my blog that has him way over 60%.

But if they're being taken at NYU or the Berkley Mall (they do have capitalism there right?) then I'm surprised he even gets 40%.
These same pollsters had Kerry winning the election.......Real bright fellows they are.

11:57 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

come on Pero, don't be so naive. put 2+2 together. You're behind in the polls and AGAIN win the election by one state and a couple perentage points. Plus your campaign manager is a legendary slimeball and the state you won was again officiated by a republican party hack. hmmmm? I wouldn't blame pollsters for that anomaly!

7:01 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Gonna really hurt Bush's chances at re-election won't it?

1:23 PM  
Blogger Draino said...

So glad you conservadriods all think America's abortion of democracy is amusing (wink, nudge, smirk). Yeah, Bush isn't up for re-election but hopefully his recent Junta will keep republicans out of office for a long, long time


12:27 PM  

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