There’s those bullets again. It must be a Republican thing.
The President’s job approval is rising. A majority of Americans, 51%, approve, while 42% disapprove, a net increase of 6 points from the 47% that approved and 44% that disapproved in the late February CBS News poll.
Completely ignoring the fact that Bush’s numbers are down nearly 20% from their peak.
The President now leads Kerry by 3 points among registered voters, 46% to 43%. This is a net increase of 4 points since mid-February, when Kerry led by a point.
Three points? THREE POINTS? Rove has gotta be shittin’ bricks right now. Three percentage points is well within any statistical margin - a 4 point rise or fall on either side is just noise. These guys know this and throw these numbers at us knowing that the vast majority of people think it’s relevant. Everbody loves a winner - especially when they have a FOUR point lead! If Bush wins again, he’ll take a -0.02% popular vote margin and again call it a mandate.
The President’s support is also more intense than Kerry’s. 76% of the President’s supporters say that there mind is made up, while just 70% of Kerry’s say the same.
More intense? Dogmatic and shrill is more like it. (And who proof reads this stuff? Spelling errors indicate sloppy work - sloppy.)
Only 43%? Another brick hits the porcelain. Only 3% bounce back after the primaries? Clunk.
President Bush is viewed more favorably by Americans. 43% of Americans view the President favorably, an increase of 3 points since mid-February. 39% view him unfavorably and 17% have no opinion of him.
A majority of Americans now see Kerry as a man who only says what people want to hear. Just 33% say that Kerry says what he believes, while 57% say that he does not. On the other hand, a majority of Americans, 51%, see President Bush as a man who says what he believes.
I believed at one point that Clinton was wrong to so obviously react to polling numbers - wishy/washy it was. But I now realize that in a democracy this large, our leaders cannot blithely go on their merry way without checking in with their constituents. Yes we need strong leadership. Yes we need decisive action - sometimes. What we don’t need is a self righteous cowboy who thinks it’s “my way or no way”. If a President were elected with a 90% popular vote, I s’pose he could assume that whatever promises and plans were laid out in the campaign were just fine with the people - full speed ahead. But with such clear divisions in the electorate, any responsible leader would recognize the opposition and accord them accomodation (and respect).
Our representatives are just that: our representatives. They’re supposed to represent our beliefs and ideas, not necessarily their own. Hopefully we elect people that fundamentally agree with us but in lieu this, I’d expect them to vote in accordance with the majority of their constituents - not their own personal beliefs.
So spin on dudes, you’re 1) showing how tenuous your position is and 2) making your average Joe think. (Unintended consequences?)
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