Reality v. Beltway Fantasy

 Reality v. Beltway Fantasy 

Could reporters and timid Democrats who think that it’s still 2002 and the country is awash in blind reverence for George Bush please take note of the following facts, and — on every significant issue, from the Alito filibuster to Iraq withdraw to the NSA scandal — adjust your thinking and tactics accordingly: From Thursday’s CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll:

A majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate in November’s congressional elections who opposes President Bush, and 58 percent consider his second term a failure so far, according to a poll released Thursday. . . .

Fewer people consider Bush to be honest and trustworthy now than did a year ago, and 53 percent said they believe his administration deliberately misled the public about Iraq’s purported weapons program before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found . . . ..

Fifty-eight percent of those polled said Bush’s second term has been a failure so far, while 38 percent said they consider it a success. A smaller number — 52 percent — consider his entire presidency a failure to date, with 46 percent calling it successful. . . . But 51 percent of those polled said they were more likely to vote for a candidate in congressional elections who opposes Bush, while 40 percent said they were likely to vote for a candidate who backs the president.

And from the same poll, we have this:

Americans’ overall assessment of the country today is fairly negative. Only 35% are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States; 65% are dissatisfied. This is consistent with Americans’ generally dour mood on this measure for the past year.

And then there is this, from the new CBS/New York Times poll:

President Bush’s approval rating is stuck at a dismal 42 percent as he heads into next week’s State of the Union address, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. Fifty-one percent of Americans give him a negative job approval rating. It’s the first time in his presidency he’ll give a State of the Union speech with a majority of the residents of the country saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing. . . ..

At the same time, a clear majority, 64 percent, is concerned that the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism measures could threaten their civil liberties…read on

posted by Glenn Greenwald

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