Saturday, September 3, 2005

It looked like a storm, but maybe not . . .

Republicans see what they want to see: "The survey also found that Americans were sharply divided over the performance of Bush and local, state and federal governments in the aftermath of Monday's storm. Slightly less than half -- 46 percent -- approve of the way Bush has handled relief efforts while 47 percent disapprove, a result that might offer some cheer to beleaguered White House staffers who feared a stronger negative reaction.

The early response got equally mixed reviews, with 48 percent rating the federal effort as excellent or good and 51 percent saying it was not so good or poor -- views deeply colored by party affiliation. According to the poll, 68 percent of Democrats rated the government's performance as 'not so good' or 'poor,' while 66 percent of Republicans judged it to be 'excellent' or 'good.' This finding shows this national emergency has not united Americans the way the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, did.

Slightly more than four in 10 say the government response revealed serious problems in federal emergency preparedness overall, while a majority (54 percent) disagreed."

If this poll is accurate, the American people are idiots.

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