Wednesday, September 07, 2005

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll: Only 13% Blame Bush

A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll of 609 adults taken September 5-6 shows:

Blame Game
The 13% who say this is all President Bush's fault (the hurricane tragedy, that is) is basically made up of that group of people who would blame a sneeze or a case of hay fever on Bush.

So, what does this poll essentially say?

This country does not blame this on Bush. The troubles began and continued primarily because of the strategies (or lack thereof) of the New Orleans and Louisiana local and state government levels.

POLL RESULTS:
13% said George W. Bush is "most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane"
18% said "federal agencies"
25% said "state and local officials"
38% said "no one is to blame"
6% had no opinion.

29% said that "top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired"
63% said they should not
8% had no opinion.

Government Performance
10% said George W. Bush has done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
25% said "good"
21% said "neither good nor bad"
18% said "bad"
24% said "terrible"
2% had no opinion.

8% said federal government agencies responsible for handling emergencies have done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
27% said "good"
20% said "neither good nor bad"
20% said "bad"
22% said "terrible"
3% had no opinion.

7% said state and local officials in Louisiana have done a "great" job in "responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding"
30% said "good"
23% said "neither good nor bad"
20% said "bad"
15% said "terrible"
5% had no opinion.

Federal money that was intended for improving the levee system was, in one instance, allocated toward refurbishing a Mardi Gras fountain. The money simply didn't go where it was suppsoed to go. There is a specific board that governs each levee system in Louisiana. That board for the levee that broke needs to be held accountable.

To blame President Bush for that lack of correct use of federal funds would be similar to blaming every crime committed in this great country of ours on the President.

"There was a shoplifting crime committed today, why didn't Bush stop it from happening. I want a commission to look into this!!!"

Yeah that was over-the-top, but it illustrates my point. Blame Bush? Nah-uh.

I guess even though the Democratic Machine & the Mass Media is trying to generate blame against Bush, it just isn't working. Apparently, we're a country of people who are smarter than they realize -- or more intelligent than they take us for.

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