Sunday, September 05, 2004

Would You Buy a Used Car from This Man?

An article in today's paper said that Bush was leading Kerry by double digits. According to a "national poll taken during the Republican National Convention", Bush leads Kerry 52% to 41%, with Nader scooping up approximately 3%. The margin of error is given as +/- 4%.

The same poll says that 47% of respondents said they trusted Bush to run the economy, while 45% said they trusted Kerry.

Veteran pollsters say that polls taken during a party convention should be viewed with caution because everyone's attention is focused on one particular party at the time. Even so, it is somehow disquieting that Bush could be leading by such a margin in polls when, at the same time, at least half of New Yorkers are saying, "Bush knew," and more than half are calling for the 9/11 investigation to be expanded to take care of still-unanswered questions. It tends to make one wonder just what sort of priorities people have in choosing who they vote for.

(I know I ended that last sentence with a preposition. Shut up.)

One must admit that this most definitely brings back memories of the Clinton - Dole election, when Clinton won by a very large margin despite being accused of criminal activity (read "outright depravity"). With all due respect to former president Clinton while he's in for some very risky surgery, people were saying they didn't trust him at all as a person, or even as a president, but they were afraid of having a regime change just when the economy was finally on the upswing.

Such reasoning does actually have some small degree of sense to it, but I'm having trouble applying it to the current administration. You may point out the fact that unemployment has finally shown signs of leveling off if not going back down, but we're also seeing spiraling deficits (while cutting taxes, mainly on the rich), runaway outsourcing, a so-called "War on Terror" that has pointedly put its own goals even further out of reach (and, in fact, seems only to have served to earn Bush votes and Cheney's "former" company profit thus far), and clear efforts on the part of the administration to curtail if not eliminate the rights that have meant so much to our country for so long.

It's like people are saying, "I don't want to buy a used car from this man, but at least he's been around for a while!"
Pretty suspect reasoning, I'd say.


ElTigris said...

I would say the polls statistics some voting counts are suspect to meddling as well.

The Moody Minstrel said...

This is most definitely true, which also makes one wonder which is the more believable poll, if either...

Don Snabulus said...

Time and Newsweek show the big leads for Bush, but Zogby and some other one I can't recall show results well within the MOE (margin of error): neck and neck.

Gawrsh, this is alot easier when writing about someone else's posts. Yee-haw!

BTW, you spelled Shut Up wrong.

Don Snabulus said...

Made you look.

ElTigris said...

according to the State you all can shaddup ...and shaddup shadddin up you got it shaddup?


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