For Most Bush Voters, No Regrets After 2 Years
By JANET ELDER
Published: May 2, 2007
George W. Bush was elected to a second term by a big majority of Republicans, half of political independents and 11 percent of Democrats. Now, more than two years later, the majority of those voters say they are satisfied with the Bush presidency. But some have lost faith, and those who have say it is because they can no longer back Mr. Bush’s support of the war in Iraq. [...]
Take note of how statistics are used to lie to and manipulate you:
"Mr. Bush is presiding over a lengthy war now opposed by a majority of Americans. And it is the war more than anything that has led many of Mr. Bush’s supporters to change their minds about him.
Thirty-four percent of Mr. Bush’s 2004 voters are now critical of his handling of the war. Twenty-eight percent said the United States should have stayed out of Iraq from the beginning."
They say that a majority are opposed to the war: 26% is not a majority. But if you add in 34% to 26% you get 60% "opposed". However, 34% who are critical about how the war is handled DOES NOT MEAN that they oppose the war. For example. I do not oppose the war, but I am critical of Bush on how he handled it: too little, too late. He didn't go for a decisive victory and follow it with a solid occupation. So, truthfully, it is only a minority of people polled (what was the sampling
?) Poll details, please!
(requires subscription) that actually "oppose" the war.
26% disapprove of the war. If the poll was conducted by calling subscribers to the NYT, then your base is already skewed to the left as the majority of readers of the paper are left leaning. The same poll would have right-leaning results if it was conducted among subscribers of The Weekly Standard