Skip to comments.Nearly half of Americans wouldn't vote for Bush again
Posted on 08/23/2003 4:31:16 PM PDT by Brian S
Sunday August 24, 6:48 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.
For the first time the poll has found that more registered voters -- 49 percent -- 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 percent 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 percent said they do not support such spending, compared with 34 percent who said they support current spending levels.
And 53 percent said they would oppose an increase to the figure being spent, with only seven percent not opposed to an increase.
Almost half of people polled -- 47 percent -- said they were very concerned that maintaining troops in Iraq is too expensive and will cause a higher budget deficit, seriously damaging the US economy.
Despite some indications the US president's popularity is on the wane, a majority still approves of the way Bush is handling his job. Some 53 percent supported him compared with 36 who did not, with 11 unsure.
In a Newsweek poll released a month ago, 49 percent said they would like to see Bush re-elected compared with 43 percent who would not.
Voters said they prefered Republican President Bush's stance for dealing with terrorists than what they have seen so far from leading figures among the Democrats.
Some 57 percent said they prefered Bush's position on terrorism to 21 who prefered the Democrats. But 45 percent felt the Democrats had more to offer on stimulating the economy, compared with 36 percent who thought Bush had a better approach.
The survey was taken between August 21-22 on some 1,011 adults aged 18 and above. The poll has a plus or minus three percent error margin.
We're all doomed. Every electable politician is a liar and a crook and a RINO or worse. Only I would be perfect because I'm the most loyal American patriot ever and the most honest perfect human being alive. Go, Pat, Go! (He tells it like it is.)
I really dont think Exxon, Mobil or Shell care a wit about winning or loosing the war. In the end OPEC will continue to artificially inflate the world price of crude oil and that sits perfectly fine with them. Their interest is in securing US government backed contracts for equipment, drilling, exploration and pipelines in Iraq. No company (of any type) would be willing to invest with a new Iraq government (unless there are lots of US soldiers there to back up its authority) but they are thrilled to receive US government contracts for rebuilding Iraqs oil infrastructure. That is their interest in this war. That is also why we do not want Russia in on the deal because their oil companies also want a piece of this pie.
How do you know this?
Because Iraq used to be a member of OPEC. They were kicked out after their invasion of Kuwait. Iraq is an Arab country and it is an Islamic nation. Despite any reforms we might attempt at democracy, those 2 facts will remain. The Islamic/Arab world would not allow a non-OPEC producer in their neighborhood. There is simply too much money at stake to ever allow that to happen. If independent, and if stable and if their oil infrastructure is updated (all very big ifs), Iraq will join OPEC
You don't?? Well, as one poster told me earlier in the thread, maybe you need to "lose the kneepads".
Actually, I believe I am thinking independently. It is you that is spouting the Republican Party line. If you dont believe me do your own research.
Is it possible to think independently and agree with the Republicans on something? Just curious.
Most definitely! I voted for Bush. I think his leadership after 9-11 was fantastic even inspiring. His decision to invade Afghanistan and eliminate the Taliban was courageous and his conduct of that war was exemplary. In my eyes, he has perhaps saved more American lives than any other president in history.
I think he is a good, capable and honest man. That does not mean, however, that I agree with all of his actions or policies. Nor does it mean that I shouldnt voice my opinion when it differs with his. It is one of the virtues of political debate we can sometimes disagree with those we normally agree and sometimes agree with those we normally disagree.
Is there anyone who disagrees with this?
NEWSWEEK reporters and their co-traitors in the AMERICAN press would be tarred and feathered by VIGILANT Americans. It's time to wake up the people.
This article is absolute proof of the corruption and deceit of the DNC PR agents posing as the mainstream American press. Pushing lies daily. Undermining our efforts, endangering our troops, threatening our national security and the #1 reason "why they hate us" around the world.
"They" have to be carefully taught to hate.
The PRESS, not the PRES. is failing the troops, failing the nation.
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