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07 November 2005
A little perspective

Bob Harris summarizes some current 'approval' statistics and puts them within a larger context so interpretation is more relevant:

Bush's approval rating has fallen to 35. Maybe America is starting to realize that secret prisons and endless war aren't really the best government we can possibly hope for.

Dick Cheney, in the same poll, has a 19 percent approval rating.

19 percent.

That's two points less popular than cheating on your spouse and seven points behind corporal punishment in schools.

That's down in what can be politely called lunatic territory. As I've been pointing out for years, twenty or thirty percent of Americans believe any insane thing you can imagine.

Dick Cheney is now 18 points behind the number of people who believe alien beings have secretly contacted the U.S. government.

Bush, similarly, now trails the number of people who think astrology is scientific by five points.

Scottie McClellan, however, can still spin things: Bush only trails the aliens by two points.

In another post, Bob links to these approval ratings graphs comparing Tush to Nixon at comparable points in their respective presidencies. For those of us who prefer visual aids:

More statistics and graphs at A Tiny Revolution

Disclaimer: My scientific side requires that I point out that the comparisons these authors are making wouldn't stand up to much technical scrutiny. The surveys were not conducted on the same populations at the same time, yada yada yada. It's still a fun composition.

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