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U.S. President George W. Bush "Back in the saddle" with NEW ROBBINS poll
  Dec 23, 2005

This telephone sampling of 545 respondents in Washington State, U.S.A. between December 18-21, 2005, features a margin of error of 3.65%, 19 times out of 20 @98% competency. Glen P. Robbins and Associates of Vancouver, Canada paid for this survey.

Question #1
For which political party did you vote in the last general election for President?
Democrat    49 %
Republican    46 %
Other    05 %
Question #2
At this juncture would you say that you were “For” or “Against” President George W. Bush in his pursuit of a victorious resolve in Iraq?
For    76 %
Against    22 %
Undecided    02 %
Question #3
In your opinion how will history judge U.S. foreign policy in Iraq based on its actions there in the 21st century?
The foreign policy was successful    54 %
The foreign policy was unsuccessful    25 %
The foreign policy was a disaster    16 %
Undecided    05 %
Question #4
After addressing the nation on national television December 18, 2005, and his press conference the following day, do you now support and approve of President George W. Bush as your commander-in-chief?
Yes    51 %
No    45 %
Undecided    04 %
Commentary
Respondents in this generally ‘Democratic’ state overwhelmingly are “For” President George W. Bush, following his televised address and his press conference relating to U.S. foreign policy in Iraq.
Although three-quarters are backing the nations Commander-in-Chief, only 54% believe the campaign will be successful. A slim majority “now support and approve of President George W. Bush as their (sic) commander-in-chief.”
President George W. Bush likely gave one of the best addresses to the nation by any President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, followed up by an excellent press conference in terms of his frankness, honesty, and deliberation on foreign policy in Iraq following another election there.
What is most notable amongst respondents, even those “against” the President, is that the notion of Americans having difficulty with the original premise of going to war, that is ‘weapons of mass destruction’ is no longer a concern. The majority of Americans understand why they have gone to Iraq even beyond ‘the removal of the dictator Saddam Hussein’.
Americans in this poll realize that the Middle East needs stability, and a democratic Iraq is key to that stability. The overriding question that Americans have is “how long”. The President and others have explained that there cannot be a specific timetable, however I think what ROBBINS has found is that American require tangible “benchmarks”, elections being one of these, rather than an endless stream of newsreel showing the situation going around and around in a circle. Americans were not happy with Viet Nam and although there are not direct comparisons with that foreign policy and this one, another year could change all of that.

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