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Thursday, July 27, 2006

NBC/WSJ POLL: U.S. PESSIMISM ON INCREASE

Doubts about children's future and concerns about wars weigh heavily

WASHINGTON---With congressional midterm elections less than four months away, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that candidates will be facing a public that has grown increasingly pessimistic, as nearly two-thirds don't believe life for their children's generations will be better than it has been for them, and nearly 60 percent are doubtful the Iraq war will come to successful conclusion.

***Not as long as Bush is in office! And if Republicans become a majority in Washington again, they will consider it a mandate of the people to continue doing what they have been doing for the past 5 years! The Republicans have destryoed the middle class and want to make it possible for illegals to become legal in this country so that they can exploit the almost "free" labor that they can get from them. We soon will have no country left.

And there's more pessimism: Among those who believe the nation is headed on the wrong track, more than 80 percent say it's part of a longer-term decline.

"This is just a horrendous set of numbers." says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted this survey with Republican Bill McInturff. The mood is "as dank and depressing as I have seen."

According to the poll, 65 percent say they feel less confident that life for their children's generation will be better than it has been for them. In December 2001, the last time this question was aked, respondents---by a 49-42 percent margin---said they were confident life would be better for their children.

***How can life under the Republican rule become better? They have taken away most of our "entitlements." They claim the tax breaks are helping stimulate the economy and so on and so for. They do nothing but lie to us and will continue to lie to us until they are removed from office.

In addition, only 27 percent think the country is headed in the right direction, while 58 percent say they are less confident the Iraq war will come to a successful conclusion.

***Anybody who is supported by this president should not be put into office this election season. They are his lapdogs! Especially Judy Baar Topinka who is running for Governor of Illinois in this election season. She's as corrupt as they come!

And among those who believe that the nation is headed on the wrong track, a whopping 81 percent believe it's part of a longer-term decline and that things won't get better for some time. Just 12 percent think the problems are short-term blips.


War concerns deepen

The NBC/Journal poll---which was conducted from July 21-24 of 1,010 adults, and which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points---comes amid a new wave of escalated violence in Iraq. Just Tuesday, President Bush announced that the United States would strengthen the U.S. presence in Baghdad by moving additional soldiers to the city.

The poll comes as Israel battles the group Hezbollah in Lebanon. In the survey, 45 percent approve of Bush's handling of that conflict, while 39 percent disapprove. Moreover, regarding the recent violence there, 54 percent of respondents say they sympathize more with Israel, while just 11 percent side with Arab countries.

Fifty-three percent believe that the current conflict between Israel and Hezbollah will likely lead to a major Middle East war involving other countries. Just 34 percent think a major war is unlikely.

Yet perhaps the most revealing finding in the poll is how little the political environment has changed in the past year. For the eighth straight survey since October 2005, President Bush's job approval rating sits below 40 percent; for the fourth straight time since March, just a third approve of his handling of Iraq; and also for a fourth straight time since March, only a quarter believe the nation is headed in the right direction.


Fall election effect

And this isn't good news for Bush and the Republican Party, say the pollsters who conducted this survey, because it means that---outside of an extraordinary event---the political environment is pretty much locked in as we head into the November elections.

"I feel like Republicans are in a barrel and headed toward Niagara Falls," says Hart. "It's ... a python-like grip in terms of a negative mood. This is wrapped pretty tight.

***It makes you wonder what the Republicans are going to "let happen" to this country so that they can win the November elections.

McInturff, the Republican pollster, adds that GOP candidates can count on having plenty of money and a proven get-out-the-vote operation. "But they are going to have to run very aggressive campaigns at an individual level to seperate themselves from the national environment."

***How are they going to "seperate" themselves from the national environment?" They are the ones that helped Bush put this country in such a bad place as they played lapdogs for the White House! What are they going to do, lie some more? The American people aren't as stupid as the Republicans think that they are! If they try to distance themselves from the White House now, they are the liars that we already expected that they were!

In fact, McInturrf says, Republican incumbents who wait until the fall to begin engaging their Democratic opponents will be "rolling the wrong dice." The national mood is too set and there is not enough time."

According to the poll---which was partially released Wednesday night on NBC's "Nightly News" while more comes out in Thursday's Wall Street Journal---Bush's job approval rating is at 39 percent, up two points from the last survey in June (but still within the margin of error). And just 34 percent approve of the president's handling of Iraq.


MSNBC
Mark Murray/Political reporter/NBC News
July 26, 2006


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