Monday, March 21, 2005


Hard to believe Columbus opinions this far out of line

The latest issue of Newsweek indicates that President Bush continues to have problems with the American electorate:
The president's approval rating of 45 percent is the second- lowest of his presidency in the Newsweek poll. His lowest was 42 percent in May of last year.
[. . . ]

Princeton Survey Research Associates International interviewed 1010 adults aged 18 and older for the Newsweek poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

[. . . ]

The president's issue-specific approval rating in the Newsweek poll hit record lows for his handling of the situation in Iraq, the federal budget deficit, energy policy and the environment and tied record lows for terrorism and homeland security, education, and Medicare.
On the other hand, a Dispatch-commissioned survey supposedly indicates people in the Columbus area are giving Bush improved approval ratings, compared to a similar poll in May 2004:
Bush's job approval rating climbed to 50 percent in the most-recent survey, a 6-point increase.
Despite disagreeing on the approval ratings, this Dispatch poll showed a similar disenchantment with the war in Iraq.
President Bush is a little more popular these days, but his war isn't.

At the second anniversary of the U.S.-led coalition's invasion of Iraq, 38 percent of Columbus-area residents say the war has been worth the toll in lives and other costs, a new poll shows. And 36 percent say Bush has a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq.
Pet peeve: Why did Darrell Rowland feel compelled to include these comments from one respondent?
But Barbara Cannon, 58, a retired state worker who lives in West Jefferson, said Bush has done "an excellent job.'' Her son is an Army sergeant stationed in Afghanistan.

Cannon acknowledged that many Iraqis have been killed during the fighting.

"But that still doesn't match the 3,000 people that were killed Sept. 11, including children in day-care centers,'' she said. "We were attacked, and we don't need the approval of anybody to defend America."
We assume reporter Darrell Rowland agrees with the facts, namely that Iraq has nothing to do with Sept. 11. The only ones who stubbornly stick to that linkage belong to the tinfoil hat wing of the Republican party, and Rowland never struck us as that type.

But it strikes us as either awfully careless or awfully reckless of Rowland to keep those quotes in the story or run them with no disclaimer.


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