Conservative Republican President George W. Bush’s public approval ratings are hitting highs, much to the chagrin of liberals.
“Nothing breeds success like success,” says Matthew Dowd, a Bush strategist. People now feel the decisions Bush made “were the right ones,” he says, and that translates into more trust in his leadership.
The poll shows increased optimism about Iraq on many fronts. Six in 10 people say the elections there went better than they expected.
55% say the United States did not make a mistake sending troops to Iraq, up from 47% last month.
53% say things are going very or moderately well in Iraq, compared with 40% last month.
64% say it is very or somewhat likely a democratic form of government will be established in Iraq, up from 47% last month.
10% say more U.S. troops are needed in Iraq, down from 24% who felt that way before the elections.
50% say they approve of how Bush is handling Iraq, up from 42% last month; 48% say they disapprove, down from 56% last month.
The poll suggests a broadly positive environment for Bush’s party. Republicans receive a 56% favorable rating, compared with 46% for Democrats — a 10-point advantage, up from 6 points in September. And 55% say Bush’s policies will move the country in the right direction — up from 51% last month.
Of course there is cynicism and pessimism too, from a surprising source: a Democrat.
Geoffrey Garin, a Democratic pollster and strategist, says 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 He predicts they will be superseded by “Social Security privatization and a budget proposal that is deficit-laden, even with huge cuts in domestic programs.”
You see the people are just stupid. They’re merely being fooled by things like “good news”. “Progress”. “Making things right”. The idiots will soon figure out, with the liberals’ long explanations, that they should not be positive at all. Ever.
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