|Snapshot of Dubya beginning to lose the middle?||critmass|
Aug 25, 2003 9:48 AM
|A GROWING number of Americans don't want to see US President George W. Bush re-elected next year, and fear US troops will be drawn into a long, costly occupation of Iraq, according to a Newsweek poll released yesterday.
For the first time the poll has found that more registered voters - 49 per cent - would not want Bush to return for a second term in office if the elections were now, compared with 44 percent who would.
Only 23 percent said terrorism and homeland security would be the most important issues for them in the November 2004 election, compared with 48 percent who said deciding factors for them now would be the economy and jobs.
Meanwhile, 69 percent are now convinced the United States will become bogged down in Iraq, without achieving ostensible goals in getting the country back on its feet.
Some 40 percent of them are now "very concerned" US troops will be there for the long-haul.
A majority also fears that US forces will be overextended in the event of a security threat elsewhere, according to the poll in the latest edition of Newsweek - 29 per cent very concerned and 30 percent somewhat concerned.
Americans also think that reconstruction costs in Iraq are too high at one billion dollars per week - 66 per cent said they do not support such spending, compared with 34 percent who said they support current spending levels.
|I thought you were talking about his gut! ;) (nm)||ColnagoFE|
Aug 25, 2003 9:54 AM
|To quote my favorite politician: "It's the economy, stupid"||TJeanloz|
Aug 25, 2003 9:56 AM
|If the economy is as strong by this time next year as it seems it will be, GWB will be in good shape.
That's what it will come down to. Foreign policy won't be enough to bring him down.
|You're probably right.||OldEdScott|
Aug 25, 2003 10:11 AM
|I'm guessing it won't be until around the eighth year of our fifty-year occupation of/guerilla war in Iraq that it becomes a dominant issue in presidential politics. And it won't be just the steady stream of body bags that does it, it will be the in large measure impact it has on the economy.|
|nah...we'll be on to Iran by then (nm)||ColnagoFE|
Aug 25, 2003 10:13 AM
|By that point we'll be occupying the whole||OldEdScott|
Aug 25, 2003 10:16 AM
|Middle East, and just for simplicty's sake we'll call the whole outfit 'Iraq.'|
|Even if W. changed his name to Bill Clinton, he's still be .....||MR_GRUMPY|
Aug 25, 2003 5:23 PM
|in big trouble. The average American always thinks that things will always go our way. I'm not making excuses for george, but unless he can pull of something big with the UN., he's bound to take the fall. The people who he pays to think for him, gave him some bad advise, and it looks like the buck is going to stop on his desk.|
|"bad advice! you a**holes gave me bad advice" nm||rufus|
Aug 25, 2003 6:49 PM