Thursday, December 16, 2004

No Mandate for George Bush

There's more signs of the weakness of George Bush's mandate in the first Wall Street Journal NBC News Poll since the election:
  • The public, by 50% to 38% believes Bush's proposals to change Social Security are "a bad idea."
  • Americans were more likely to want to leave the tax code as it is rather than having major changes as advocated by Bush.
  • 46% think the country is going on the wrong track as opposed to only 41% who believe it is heading in the right direction.
  • Bush's job approval rating remains under 50% (at 49%).51% approve of Bush's handling of the war on terrorism.
  • 51% disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy.
  • A majority did feel the election gave Bush a mandate to fight terrorism, but not to change social security, push a consititutional ammendment to ban gay marriage, or to limit federal funding of stem cell research.

The poll verifies what many of us suspected all along. George Bush won due to his ability to play on fears of terrorism, while a majority otherwise do not approve of his other actions in office.

If only more realized the truth about how poorly George Bush has handled the war on terrorism.


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