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Old 02-07-2005, 02:58 PM   #1
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He continues to soar..and go higher I supposed after he meets up w Bono again.

Bush shows highest ratings in a year
By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — Americans gave President Bush his highest approval rating in more than a year and showed cautious optimism about Iraq in a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken days after historic elections in Iraq.

According to the poll, health care costs, education and the economy were the top three items considered 'extremely important' for Americans.
By Ron Edmonds, AP

In reversals from a month ago, majorities said that going to war in Iraq was not a mistake, that things are going well there and that it's likely democracy will be established in Iraq.

Bush's approval rating of 57% was his highest since he reached 59% in January 2004. Strategists from both parties attributed the rise to timing.

The public remains skeptical about Bush's plans to partially privatize Social Security, however. Only 44% said they approved of his approach, compared with 50% who said they disapproved.

And Bush's domestic agenda continues to diverge from the priorities cited in the poll. Health care costs, education and the economy were the top three items considered "extremely important" for Bush and Congress to deal with. The last four — Social Security, taxes, same-sex marriage and limits on lawsuits — all are on Bush's front burner.

The poll of 1,010 adults was conducted Friday-Sunday — after the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq and Bush's State of the Union address Wednesday highlighting the vote. The poll's margin of error was +/—3 percentage points.

"Nothing breeds success like success," said Matthew Dowd, a Bush strategist. People now feel the decisions Bush made "were the right ones," he said, and that translates into a general increase of trust in his leadership.

Geoffrey Garin, a Democratic pollster and strategist, said Bush's high numbers are a temporary function of "a positive news event" (the Iraqi elections) and a well-received State of the Union address. He predicted they would be superseded in coming weeks by "Social Security privatization and a budget proposal that is deficit-laden, even with huge cuts in domestic programs."

The Iraq numbers were striking in their consistency. Six in 10 people said the elections there went better than they expected. In other measures:

• 55% said the United States did not make a mistake sending troops to Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 53% said things are going very or moderately well in Iraq, compared with 40% last month.

• 64% said it is very or somewhat likely a democratic form of government will be established in Iraq, up from 47% last month.

• 10% said more U.S. troops are needed in Iraq, down from 24% who said that before the elections.

• 50% said they approved of how Bush is handling Iraq, up from 42% last month; 48% said they disapproved, down from 56% last month.

Dowd said Bush is at the high end of his approval range, given "how polarized the country is." But he said the elevation should last longer than the usual blip, because "people see President Bush's presidency as so linked to Iraq."

The poll suggests a positive environment for Bush's party. Republicans received a 56% favorable rating, compared with 46% for Democrats — a 10-point advantage, up from 6 points in September. And 55% said Bush's policies would move the country in the right direction — up from 51% last month.

Garin called it "a difficult time for Democrats to get their message across." He said that would get easier as domestic issues move to center stage.

"We're likely to see a more even balance" between the parties when the debate turns to Social Security and the budget, he said.
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I think he's going to get his wings clipped.
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/random Diamond style reply

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When Clinton walked onto the field i was in a room of mostly republicans but i cheered "Yay Bill!" anyway. woo you talk about dirty looks.
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[Random Macfistowannabe reply]The poll of 1,010 adults was conducted Friday-Sunday — after the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq and Bush's State of the Union address Wednesday highlighting the vote. The poll's margin of error was +/—3 percentage points.[/Random Macfistowannabe reply]
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Most of the respondents were drunk due to the Super Bowl, thus the poll is invalid

Even if it wasn't SuperBowl weekend, they were getting an early start
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Most of the respondents were drunk due to the Super Bowl, thus the poll is invalid

Even if it wasn't SuperBowl weekend, they were getting an early start
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lol, Kraft does look like Denny

I hope he doesn't start wandering around aimlessly muttering Bob Kraft...
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In my opinion, neither his Social Security plan nor his budget are going to help him gain (or maintain) altitude. What happens in Iraq remains to be seen. Sorry if I stepped on your toes, Diamond. I didn't realize this thread for reserved only for positive comments.
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GW is one of the most misunderstood leaders living in the present but will go down in history as a shining star of the new milenium.

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If he could speak proper english, maybe he would have less trouble being misunderstood.
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GW is one of the most misunderstood leaders living in the present

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Well, maybe this might dispel a bit of the current fluff going around FYM about how "close" Bono and Bush are:


02.07.05

Bono's Reaction to Pres. Bush 2006 Budget Request


REACTION FROM BONO, U2 LEAD SINGER AND FOUNDER OF DATA:

"Good intention at the highest levels of the Bush Administration was not enough to deliver on the Millennium Challenge promise to the world’s poorest people in this year’s budget request. To make 2005 the year of a global breakthrough in the fight against poverty, we need the tens of millions of Americans who care -- who go to every church and rock concert -- to raise the volume before President Bush leaves for the G8's Africa summit in July."

REACTION BY JAMIE DRUMMOND, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DATA:

“Not only has President Bush broken his word on funding for the Millennium Challenge, he has not put in the effort required to turn this excellent idea into a lifesaving reality for the world’s poorest people in the three years since it was announced. The pressure is now on for the President to demonstrate a serious commitment to helping the world’s poorest at the international Africa summit in July.”

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Doesn't seem liking a rousing round of support for Bush to me from Bono and his cohorts.


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