Sunday, June 27, 2004

Bush Approval: Raw Poll Data

2 Comments:

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before I write a comment here, I realize I tend to look like a Bush-apologist with some of these comments. But someone needs to present another side to the story, instead of the constant hard-core liberal perspective found in these posts.:)
If you look at this chart, the rating where the drop falls from is right after 9/11, at over 90%. Is it at all possible to believe the approval rating could have stayed there, even if someone else (maybe even the great Al Gore) had been running the country. NO. This graph is very misleading, as the drop is only from about 91% to upper 40%. That is still nearly 1/2 the country, and to compare the rating now to when our country had just been attacked, as this graph is trying to do to make its point, is pretty asinine, in one man's humble opinion.
-Keith

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Luke said...

"to compare the rating now to when our country had just been attacked, as this graph is trying to do to make its point, is pretty asinine, in one man's humble opinion."

1. The graph is not misleading. It is a tabulation of polls conducted from the very first days of Bush's presidency through today, and it covers a broad spectrum of polling data. If you put any faith into polls, you can certainly witness trends here, but it's not selectively showing anything (other than the ENTIRE Bush presidency to date).

2. Would I expect anyone to keep a 90% approval rating? Of course not, not W. Bush, not Al Gore, not even the second-coming of Christ himself! But I find it telling that you've jumped on this post with as much vitriol as you have....

I just posted the numbers, sans comment, because it's interesting to take a broad overview of where Bush's approval rating has been at various times in his presidency. It does spike up right after 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq, but the question you ought to ask is why has it gone down?

 

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