Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dubya's on the rebound

In my opinion, polls reflect relatively little based on who's asking who the questions, how the question is phrased, and what answer options are given. But still they're fun to run up the flagpole every once and a while to see who's looking...

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President George W. Bush's job- approval rating rose 8 percentage points in one month to 47 percent, with the public viewing his handling of the war in Iraq more favorably, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Bush's approval rating rose Dec. 15-18 from a career low of 39 percentage points in a November poll. Bush received higher marks for his handling of Iraq, his personal honesty and his handling of the economy. His public approval rating stands at the highest since June, according to the poll.

The survey was taken mostly after the Dec. 15 Iraqi parliamentary elections, which the New York Times reported drew about 70 percent voter turnout and half the daily average of attacks by insurgents.

Bush also made a series of speeches in the past month, culminating in a Dec. 18 prime-time televised address, to explain his stance on Iraq and rebut critics. Last month Representative John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, called for a U.S. withdrawal from the Middle Eastern country.

The Post/ABC poll showed 65 percent agreed that the U.S. was making progress in setting up a Democratic government in Iraq, up from 47 percent on Nov. 2. Another 60 percent said the U.S. was making progress restoring civil order in Iraq, up from 44 percent in November. Seventy-one percent of those polled said the elections will help spur a pullout of U.S. forces from Iraq.

Now I thought these were particularly interesting because of the Iraqi election. Peoples' opinions improved on Bush, the GWOT, and Iraq simply because of the peaceful election. It's amazing how a little good news will improve people's attitudes... Got that MSM? Dubya out hammering his positions and the latest good news from Iraq is helping, but it's difficult for the MSM to spin a peaceful election in Iraq. But they can spin the hell out of a speech or misconstrue information like the US government spying on its citizens

UPDATE: Froggy Ruminations has an excellent post on the NSA responsibility regarding wiretaps.