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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Harris and Zogby describe a puzzling America

Posted by: Hammer / 3:07 PM

Lots of interesting stuff in recent polls from Zogby and Harris. According to Zogby, 55% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Bush, though only 46% of Americans think Bush is doing a "good" or "excellent" job. (Harris puts Bush at 44% approval.) There's an 8 point red state/blue state gap. 50% of people living in red states say Bush is doing a good job. 42% of people living in blue states say Bush is doing a good job.

Here's the curious thing. Per Zogby, only 40% of Americans think Bush is doing a good job in Iraq, yet 54% think he's doing a good job defendign the country against terrorism. According to another Harris poll, 62% of Americans agree with the statement that "Spending huge sums of money to invade and occupy Iraq has meant that a lot less money has been available to protect the United States against another terrorist attack". 59% agree that "Invading and occupying Iraq has motivated more Islamic terrorists to attack Americans and the United States". Only 39% agree that "Invading Iraq has helped to reduce the threat of another terrorist attack against the United States".

So the Iraq war is not going well. The war has diverted scarce resources away from fighting terrorism. The war has helped create more terrorists. Logically, then, invading Iraq hasn't reduced the threat of another terrorist attack. That makes sense.

I don't understand why people can believe these facts about the war in Iraq and still believe that Bush is doing a good job fighting terrorism. In Bush world, the war in Iraq is the central component to the fight against terrorism. If that's going badly, how can Bush be doing a good job?


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