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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 05:58 PM
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Poll: Majority call Bush "out of touch," "incompetent," "idiot," "liar"
Bush battered by US pessimism, leadership doubts
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
Thu Mar 16, 12:32 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Deep doubts about the Iraq war and pessimism about America's future have shattered public confidence in President George W. Bush and helped drive his approval ratings to their lowest level ever, pollsters say. As Bush launched a series of speeches to drum up support for the war, a new round of opinion polls found growing skepticism about Iraq and distrust of Bush. His image declined sharply, with one poll finding "incompetent" to be the most frequent description of his leadership.

Bush's approval rating dipped as low as 33 percent in one recent poll after a string of bad news for the White House, including uproars over a now-dead Arab port deal, a secret eavesdropping program, a series of ethics scandals involving high-profile Republicans and a bungled response to Hurricane Katrina. The political storm has left Bush's second-term legislative agenda in tatters, threatened Republican control of the U.S. Congress in November's elections and shredded his personal image as an effective leader.

"His strong points as a president were being seen as personally credible, as a strong leader. That has all but disappeared," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, whose latest independent poll found a dramatic decline in Bush's credibility.

A majority of Americans, 56 percent, believe Bush is "out of touch," the poll found. When asked for a one-word description of Bush, the most frequent response was "incompetent," followed by "good," "idiot" and "liar." In February 2005, the most frequent reply was "honest." ...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060316/pl_nm/bush_politics...
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Punkingal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:06 PM
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1. Yeah,
And he needs to keep making those speeches...his numbers go further down the more he opens his mouth.
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achtung_circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:08 PM
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2. Pollkatz has incorporated the latest Pew Poll.
Live and learn, Georgie.

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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:19 PM
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9. When I see that I start hearing the B-52s' song "Rock Lobster" in my head
"Down! Down! Down! Down!"
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catmother Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:09 PM
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3. everytime he opens his mouth he screws up.
:eyes:
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The_Casual_Observer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:11 PM
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4. How about he's an incompetent idiot, honest.
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kurth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:12 PM
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8. Clearly, more research is needed:
Marty Kaplan: The Terrorists Have Won
Thu Mar 16, 11:34 AM ET

According to a new Pew poll -- the one that shows W's approval at 33% -- "President Bush's declining image also is reflected in the single-word descriptions people use to describe their impression of the president....The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is 'incompetent,' and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: 'idiot' and 'liar.' All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago."

Since all three single-word terms used by the American people to describe the President are closely bunched together in frequency, I thought it might be illuminating to employ the factorial (3! = 3 x 2 x 1 = 6) in order to display the combined descriptors in the full array of possibilities. That would be:

Incompetent lying idiot. Incompetent idiotic liar. Lying incompetent idiot. Idiotic incompetent liar. Lying idiotic incompetent. Idiotic lying incompetent.

I wonder whether empirical evidence would show whether Americans marginally favor any one combined formulation over the others. Rhetorically, "incompetent lying idiot" may have a slight edge. Clearly, more research is needed.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20060316/cm_huffpost/0... ;_ylt=A86.I1YspBlEeDsALQn9wxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:12 PM
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5. Hey, I could have told 'em he was an idiot on September 10. . .
he was incompetent September 11. . .

and all he's done is lie since September 12. . .
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LSparkle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:12 PM
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6. He is LAME (as in "duck" ... as in "he don't like Cheesy-Poofs")
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 06:12 PM
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7. I wonder if you could have
multiple answers.I would find it hard to pick between idiot and liar?
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