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Poll: Local Approval of Bush's Handling of Iraq Up Slightly

Posted October 1, 2007

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— About 65 percent of North Carolina residents disapprove of the way President George W. Bush is handling the war in Iraq, according to the latest Elon University poll.

But the number is a slight improvement for the president since April, when 70 percent of respondents expressed unhappiness with his management of the conflict.

The increase in support for the president’s war-handling coincides with a small increase in the number of people who approve of the president’s overall job performance.

Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed either approve or strongly approve of Bush’s performance, compared with 36 percent of respondents from the Elon University Poll conducted April 16-19, 2007.

The poll, conducted Sept. 24-27 by the Elon University Institute for Politics and Public Affairs, surveyed 664 North Carolina residents. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.

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  • RainierBeer Oct 2, 2007

    Something cool that Xerox is doing

    If you go to this web site, www.LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member of the armed services.

  • oldschool Oct 1, 2007

    "Of course I did. Who in their right mind keeps things like that in their head?"

    Alas, my brain is clearinghouse of useless quotes and other trivia. (Which I sometimes get wrong, but refuse to check on google because I put my trust in good ol' fashioned books - not this new fangled technology.)

  • elcid89 Oct 1, 2007

    "You googled it didn't you.

    Come on, fess up."

    Of course I did. Who in their right mind keeps things like that in their head?

  • oldschool Oct 1, 2007

    "It was neither. It's attributed to the NYT in an editorial piece dating to 1948."

    You googled it didn't you.

    Come on, fess up.

  • oldschool Oct 1, 2007

    "We're in a country where we do not speak the language, we don't understand the customs and culture, and we consistently ignore the subtle points that make all the difference in any Arab culture."

    I wouldn't make that assumption. We have a professional military and, though the young Marine lugging a SAW might not know much about the culture (an assumption I would not make), I assure you his platoon commander does. It's his job to know that stuff.

    Whether we really understand it is a different issue. As westerners, I don't think you can truly appreciate a culture that would do the things that are being done over there. And may God have mercy on us if we ever do truly understand it.

  • elcid89 Oct 1, 2007

    "I could google it, but I'm too lazy. I figure elcid will know off the top of his head."

    It was neither. It's attributed to the NYT in an editorial piece dating to 1948.

    Why would you figure I'd know that. I don't have any use for either Marx or Lenin.

  • elcid89 Oct 1, 2007

    "He's not better at it, he simply has the assistance of those Marx referred to as the "useful idiots""

    We're arguing about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.

    Long story short: we have dropped the ball in a multitude of ways in Iraq. Whether we can recover from that at this late date is debatable. Many players are on the field now, and everybody is after their own goals.

    We're in a country where we do not speak the language, we don't understand the customs and culture, and we consistently ignore the subtle points that make all the difference in any Arab culture.

    Typical of US foreign policy, we roughly trod in and assume that what everyone wants is what we want. We're making the same mistakes we've made over and over again, and not learning from them.

    Long story short: if we expect to win the propaganda war, we have to play it on their terms and by their cultural rules, or we're going to lose it. It's that simple.

  • oldschool Oct 1, 2007

    Or was it Lenin who said that?

    I could google it, but I'm too lazy. I figure elcid will know off the top of his head.

  • oldschool Oct 1, 2007

    "Don't fault him for being better at our political game than we are."

    He's not better at it, he simply has the assistance of those Marx referred to as the "useful idiots".

  • elcid89 Oct 1, 2007

    "lol. No, actually what he's been saying lately is that the democrats have failed to follow their mandate from the 06 elections and chastizing them for their failure to withdraw from Iraq. (As I said before, about the only democrat talking point he missed was "I support the troops but not the war.")"

    Don't fault him for being better at our political game than we are.

    Democrats had no mandate from the 2006 election. With less than 60 votes and a White House determined to veto anything it doesn't like, nothing can be done. He's just using that to his advantage. Frankly, I'd be surprised if he didn't. He's many things, but stupid isn't entirely one of them.

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