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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:02 PM
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Republicans consistently out of touch with the public on issues of the day
Edited on Thu Mar-17-05 04:56 PM by oxbow
LATEST POLLS CONFIRM IT:


                              ENERGY



Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE
 3.

"Which of the following approaches to solving the
nation's energy problems do you think the U.S. should follow
right now: emphasize production of more oil, gas and coal
supplies, or emphasize more conservation by consumers of
existing energy supplies?" Options rotated.
						
                      Prod    Cons    Both   Neither 
Unsure			        %       %       %       %       %
	3/7-10/05	28	61	7	2	2
	3/8-11/04	31	59	6	2	2
	3/3-5/03	29	60	7	2	2

"With which one of these statements about the environment
and energy production do you most agree? Protection of the
environment should be given priority, even at the risk of
limiting the amount of energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and
coal -- which the United States produces. OR, Development of
U.S. energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- should be
given priority, even if the environment suffers to some
extent." 
Options rotated
						
		       Env   Energy   Both   Neither   Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	3/7-10/05	52	39	4	2	3
	3/8-11/04	48	44	3	1	4
	3/3-5/03	49	40	5	2	4
						


Associated Press Poll. Feb. 22-26, 2002. N=1,016 adults
nationwide. MoE  3. Field work by ICR.

"Do you favor or oppose opening up part of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil exploration?"
 	 	
                 %	 	 	 	 
 	Favor	38	 	 	 	 
 	Oppose	52	 	 	 	 
    Don't know	10	 	 	 	 
 	 					




                                  IRAQ



ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.
						
"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling
the situation in Iraq?"
						
		    approve  disapprve Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	39	57	4		
	1/12-16/05	40	58	2		
	12/16-19/04	42	57	1		

"All in all, considering the costs to the United States
versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war
with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?"
						.
		    worth   notworth unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	45	53	2		
	1/12-16/05	44	55	1		
	12/16-19/04	42	56	2		

"Do you think the war in Iraq has left the United States
in a stronger position in the world, a weaker position, or
hasn't it made much difference to the U.S. position in the
world?"
	    
            Stronger Weaker No Diff Unsure	
	        %	%	%	%	
3/10-13/05	28	41	30	1	
4/15-18/04	29	35	36	-	


 



                         STATE OF THE COUNTRY


Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE
 3. 

"In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the
way things are going in the United States at this time?"


	 	   Satisfied Dissatisfied Unsure		
	 	        %	%	%		
	3/7-10/05	42	56	2		
	2/21-24/05	45	52	3		
	2/7-10/05	46	52	2		
	1/3-5/05	46	53	1		
	12/5-8/04	45	53	2		
	11/7-10/04	44	54	2		
	10/29-31/04	44	53	3		
	10/11-14/04	41	57	2		
	9/13-15/04	41	56	3		
	8/9-11/04	44	55	1		
	7/8-11/04	41	57	2		


                       


                          SOCIAL SECURITY


ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.
"Overall, do you support or oppose Bush's proposals on
Social Security?"
						
		    Support  Oppose  Unsure	  	  
		        %	%	%	  	  
	       ALL	37	55	8	  	  
	  18-29	40	49	11	  	  
	  30-39	44	50	6	  	  
	  40-49	37	56	7	  	  
	  50-64	34	58	8	  	  
	  65 & older	31	62	7	  	  
	  Democrats	11	83	6	  	  
	  Independents	33	56	11	  	  
	  Republicans	74	20	6	  	  
						

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling Social
Security: Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options
rotated
						
		      Bush  Democrats   Both   Neither  Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	3/10-13/05	37	49	2	11	2
	1/12-16/05	37	50	2	8	3
	4/03	43	50	1	3	3
	9/01	41	50	1	4	4
	7/01	42	51	1	5	2
	6/01	38	52	1	5	3
 
Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs.
March 7-9, 2005. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE  3.1.
						.

"Do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about
the way George W. Bush is handling Social Security?"
					
	  Approv  disapprove Mixed   Unsure	
	        %	%	%	%	
3/7-9/05	37	56	4	3	
2/22-24/05	39	56	5	-	
 
 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 1-2, 2005. N=900
registered voters nationwide. MoE  3 (for all registered
voters).
					
"Regardless of whether you personally would want to
invest your Social Security contribution in personal or
private accounts, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea
for the Social Security system to include personal accounts
for people under age 55?"
					
		     GoodIdea	BadIdea	Unsure			
	 	        %	%	%			
	     ALL	40	47	13			
	  Under 30	65	29	6			
	  30-45	46	39	15			
	  46-55	44	45	11			
	  Over 55	29	56	15			
 
 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults
nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults).
 	 					
"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to
make the right decisions about Social Security, or are you
uneasy about his approach?"
 	 					
		     Confident	Uneasy	Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	       ALL	31	63	6		
	  Republicans	63	31	6		
	  Democrats	12	85	3		
	  Independents	24	68	8		
 	 					

  

                            ABORTION


CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults
nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults).
						
"Which of these comes closest to your view? Abortion
should be generally available to those who want it. OR,
Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than
it is now. OR, Abortion should not be permitted."
						
		    Available Stricter	NotPermitted Unsure	
		        %	%	%	%	
	     ALL	35	40	23	2	
	  Republicans	18	42	37	3	
	  Democrats	48	37	13	2	
	  Independents	35	41	22	2	
						.
	Trend:
	1/14-18/05	36	35	26	3	
	11/04	34	44	21	1	
	7/04	34	42	22	2	
	1/03	39	38	22	1	
						
"Regardless of how you usually vote, which party comes
closer to sharing your view on abortion: the Democratic Party
or the Republican Party?"
						
		       Dem	Repub	Both  Neither	Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	2/24-28/05	45	35	1	5	14












HOWEVER, THE GOP STILL HAS THE MANDATE ON GAY MARRIAGE. THE
PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL RATINGS CONTINUE TO HOVER AROUND 50%



ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3. Fieldwork by TNS. Trend includes
polls conducted independently by ABC News and by The
Washington Post. LV = likely voters.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush
is handling his job as president?"

		   Approv  Disapprov Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	50	48	3		
	1/26-31/05	50	45	5		


CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. Nationwide.
						

"Which comes closest to your view? Gay couples should be
allowed to legally marry. OR, Gay couples should be allowed to
form civil unions but not legally marry. OR, There should be
no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship."
Form A (N=559 adults)
						
	             Marriage   Civil   None    Unsure	
		        %	%	%	%	
	     ALL	23	34	41	2	
	  Republicans	8	37	54	1	
	  Democrats	29	35	34	2	
	  Independents	30	29	37	4	
						
	Trend:
	11/18-21/04	21	32	44	3	
	7/11-15/04	28	31	38	3	
	5/20-23/04	28	29	40	3	
	3/10-14/04	22	33	40	5	
						


"Which comes closest to your view? Same sex couples
should be allowed to legally marry. OR, Same sex couples
should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry.
OR, There should be no legal recognition of a same sex
couple's relationship." Form B (N=552 adults)
						
		      Legal  	CivilU 	None	Unsure	
		        %	%	%	%	
	2/24-28/05	25	28	42	5	
 
 
SOURCE: http://www.pollingreport.com/



PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY HAS ALSO RECENTLY CONDUCTED A POLL
OF 1600 RANDOM AMERICANS THAT FOUND NEARLY 2/3 OF THEM OPPOSE
THE NUCLEAR OPTION WHEN IT COMES TO JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS.
SINCE I CAN'T FIND THAT POLL ONLINE THOUGH, I CAN'T CHECK ITS
VALIDITY AT THIS DATE



STILL, ITS TIME TO LET OUR MEDIA KNOW THAT THE GOP'S RADICAL
AGENDA IS NOT WELCOME BY NORMAL AMERICANS. MAYBE THEN THEY
WOULD FINALLY STOP CATERING TO THESE NUTJOBS! I URGE YOU TO
CONTACT THE MAJOR NEWS OUTLETS, AS WELL AS YOUR LOCAL ONES
WITH THIS. WHEN YOU DO THOUGH, BE SURE AND LIST THE SOURCE OF
ALL THESE PUBLIC OPINION POLLS (http://www.pollingreport.com/)

[email protected]
[email protected]
http://edition.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form11b.html?1


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cdb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:11 PM
Response to Original message
1. The problem here
is that there is an assumption that the administration actually CARES about what the public wants. They have a mandate--and they do whatever the hell they want.
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ktowntennesseedem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:35 PM
Response to Reply #1
5. That and the fact that * only hears from the 20-30% kool-aid drinkers.
Since his "town-hall" audiences never do anything but agree with him and sing his praises, he is convinced America is being won over and the mandate is growing faster than the plant in Little Shop of Horrors.

All the better IMO, justs gives * more rope to hang himself with.
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alcuno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 07:22 PM
Response to Reply #1
10. That's right. They are not out of touch, they don't care.
Why should they? Americans continue to vote for them.
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 08:45 PM
Response to Reply #10
12. But that's the media's fault
and its only a matter of time till either we make people listen, or things get bad enough that they have npo choice but to listen
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:19 PM
Response to Original message
2. I can't get the top post to format correctly...
Edited on Thu Mar-17-05 04:43 PM by oxbow
...so here it is again. Hope it works this time!


                              
                              ENERGY


Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE
 3.

"Which of the following approaches to solving the
nation's energy problems do you think the U.S. should follow
right now: emphasize production of more oil, gas and coal
supplies, or emphasize more conservation by consumers of
existing energy supplies?" Options rotated.
						
		%     Prod.  Cons.   Both   Neither   Unsure
	
        3/7-10/05	28	61	7	2	2
	3/8-11/04	31	59	6	2	2
	3/3-5/03	29	60	7	2	2




"With which one of these statements about the environment
and energy production do you most agree? Protection of the
environment should be given priority, even at the risk of
limiting the amount of energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and
coal -- which the United States produces. OR, Development of
U.S. energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- should be
given priority, even if the environment suffers to some
extent." Options rotated
						
		      Env.    Energy   Both  Neither Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	3/7-10/05	52	39	4	2	3
	3/8-11/04	48	44	3	1	4
	3/3-5/03	49	40	5	2	4
						


Associated Press Poll. Feb. 22-26, 2002. N=1,016 adults
nationwide. MoE  3. Field work by ICR.

"Do you favor or oppose opening up part of the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil exploration?"
 	 	
                %	 	 	 	 
 	Favor	38	 	 	 	 
 	Oppose	52	 	 	 	 
    Don't know	10	 	 	 	 
 	 					




                               IRAQ

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.
						

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling
the situation in Iraq?"
								              Approve    Dis    Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	39	57	4		
	1/12-16/05	40	58	2		
	12/16-19/04	42	57	1		



"All in all, considering the costs to the United States
versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war
with Iraq was worth fighting, or not?"
						
		     Worth Not Worth  Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	45	53	2		
	1/12-16/05	44	55	1		
	12/16-19/04	42	56	2		



"Do you think the war in Iraq has left the United States
in a stronger position in the world, a weaker position, or
hasn't it made much difference to the U.S. position in the
world?"
	    
             Stronger  Weaker No Diff  Unsure	
	        %	%	%	%	
3/10-13/05	28	41	30	1	
4/15-18/04	29	35	36	-	



                  
                    STATE OF THE COUNTRY



Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2005. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE
 3. 

"In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the
way things are going in the United States at this time?"

	 	    Satisfied	Dis   Unsure		
	 	        %	%	%		
	3/7-10/05	42	56	2		
	2/21-24/05	45	52	3		
	2/7-10/05	46	52	2		
	1/3-5/05	46	53	1		
	12/5-8/04	45	53	2		
	11/7-10/04	44	54	2		
	10/29-31/04	44	53	3		
	10/11-14/04	41	57	2		
	9/13-15/04	41	56	3		
	8/9-11/04	44	55	1		
	7/8-11/04	41	57	2		


                           SOCIAL SECURITY

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by TNS.

"Overall, do you support or oppose Bush's proposals on
Social Security?"
						
		Support	Oppose	Unsure	  	  
		        %	%	%	  	  
	     ALL	37	55	8	  	  
	  18-29	40	49	11	  	  
	  30-39	44	50	6	  	  
	  40-49	37	56	7	  	  
	  50-64	34	58	8	  	  
	  65 & older	31	62	7	  	  
	  Democrats	11	83	6	  	  
	  Independents	33	56	11	  	  
	  Republicans	74	20	6	  	  
						

"Who do you trust to do a better job handling Social
Security: Bush or the Democrats in Congress?" Options
rotated
						
		      Bush    Dem.'s  Both   Neither  Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	3/10-13/05	37	49	2	11	2
	1/12-16/05	37	50	2	8	3
	4/03	43	50	1	3	3
	9/01	41	50	1	4	4
	7/01	42	51	1	5	2
	6/01	38	52	1	5	3
 


Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs.
March 7-9, 2005. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE  3.1.
						
"Do you approve, disapprove or have mixed feelings about
the way George W. Bush is handling Social Security?"
					
	     Approve	Dis    Mixed   Unsure	
	        %	%	%	%	
3/7-9/05	37	56	4	3	
2/22-24/05	39	56	5	-	
 
 
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 1-2, 2005. N=900
registered voters nationwide. MoE  3 (for all registered
voters).
					
"Regardless of whether you personally would want to
invest your Social Security contribution in personal or
private accounts, do you think it is a good idea or a bad idea
for the Social Security system to include personal accounts
for people under age 55?"
					
		   GoodIdea  BadIdea	Unsure			
	 	        %	%	%			
	     ALL	40	47	13			
    Under 30 years	65	29	6			
	  30-45	46	39	15			
	  46-55	44	45	11			
	  Over 55	29	56	15			
 
 
CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults
nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults).
 	 					
"Do you have confidence in George W. Bush's ability to
make the right decisions about Social Security, or are you
uneasy about his approach?"
 	 					
	    Confident	Uneasy	Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	        ALL	31	63	6		
	  Republicans	63	31	6		
	  Democrats	12	85	3		
	  Independents	24	68	8		
 	 					



                           ABORTION

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. N=1,111 adults
nationwide. MoE  3 (for all adults).
						

"Which of these comes closest to your view? Abortion
should be generally available to those who want it. OR,
Abortion should be available, but under stricter limits than
it is now. OR, Abortion should not be permitted."
						
		    Available	Stricter  NotPermitted	Unsure	
		        %	%	%	%	
	      ALL	35	40	23	2	
	  Republicans	18	42	37	3	
	  Democrats	48	37	13	2	
	  Independents	35	41	22	2	
						
	Trend:
	1/14-18/05	36	35	26	3	
	11/04	34	44	21	1	
	7/04	34	42	22	2	
	1/03	39	38	22	1	
						


"Regardless of how you usually vote, which party comes
closer to sharing your view on abortion: the Democratic Party
or the Republican Party?"
						
		      Demo    Repub    Both  Neither	Unsure
		        %	%	%	%	%
	2/24-28/05	45	35	1	5	14
 







 HOWEVER, THE GOP STILL HAS A MANDATE ON GAY MARRIAGE, THE
PRESIDENTS APPROVAL RATING HOVERS AROUND 50%


ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 10-13, 2005. N=1,001
adults nationwide. MoE  3. Fieldwork by TNS. Trend includes
polls conducted independently by ABC News and by The
Washington Post. LV = likely voters.



"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush
is handling his job as president?"

		     Approve	Dis  Unsure		
		        %	%	%		
	3/10-13/05	50	48	3		
	1/26-31/05	50	45	5		


CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 24-28, 2005. Nationwide.
						.
"Which comes closest to your view? Gay couples should be
allowed to legally marry. OR, Gay couples should be allowed to
form civil unions but not legally marry. OR, There should be
no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship."
Form A (N=559 adults)
						
		   Marriage CivilU'S Neither  Unsure	
		         
                        %	%	%	%	
	      ALL	23	34	41	2	
	  Republicans	8	37	54	1	
	  Democrats	29	35	34	2	
	  Independents	30	29	37	4	
							
Trend:
	11/18-21/04	21	32	44	3	
	7/11-15/04	28	31	38	3	
	5/20-23/04	28	29	40	3	
	3/10-14/04	22	33	40	5	
						

"Which comes closest to your view? Same sex couples
should be allowed to legally marry. OR, Same sex couples
should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry.
OR, There should be no legal recognition of a same sex
couple's relationship." Form B (N=552 adults)
					
		
                    Marriage CivilU's  Neither  Unsure	
		        
                        %	%	%	%	
	2/24-28/05	25	28	42	5	
 




Perhaps we should let the media know the GOP's radical agenda
is not elcome by normal Americans. Maybe then they would stop
catering to these nutjobs. I urge you to CONTACT the major
outlets as well as your local ones with this.

[email protected]
[email protected]
http://edition.cnn.com/feedback/forms/form11b.html?1


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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 07:19 PM
Response to Reply #2
9. Please Don't Hurt the Red Staters'
heads with stats. (Not that too many of them hang out here). Remember, they go with beliefs and party dogma, not stats and facts.
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SujiwanKenobee Donating Member (208 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:28 PM
Response to Original message
3. Well, you've heard the typical Bush response...
" I don't know what polls YOU'VE been reading but the (better, more accurate) polls I'VE read say that the public agrees with ME that MY approach to (ISSUE X) is correct..."
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 08:43 PM
Response to Reply #3
11. Ah, but this has nothing to do with Bush
It's the 2006 elections, as well as the neo-con agenda for america and the world. Bush is a lame duck and besides, there's nothing to be done about him now. Think forward to when we have more of our government back!
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MARALE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 04:30 PM
Response to Original message
4. Wecome Oxbow!!
It is interesting that more people are for marriage/civil unions than are against anything. The way the media talks, nobody wants gays together in any way.

:bounce: :pals: :hug: :hi:
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 05:27 PM
Response to Reply #4
6. That's a good way to look at it
Edited on Thu Mar-17-05 05:28 PM by oxbow
It does prove that people are willing to have some sort of compromise on the issue, and that is hopeful. It's also surprising that even though most Americans disagree with the Bush admin's policy,his approval rating remains unchanged. IMO Its another case of personality over policy, as was the case with Clinton at many times

btw-is there any way to erase a post? That duplicate is really bothering me now that I've gotten the first one fixed
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MARALE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 05:34 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. Editting the first post would have been the best way
you could cut and paste from the second post to the first one and delete all the info in the second one. Then put dupe in the subject line. You can not delete a post, though.
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oxbow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-17-05 07:06 PM
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8. Please people
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