Monday, November 28, 2005

A poll to rankle the pols

Sympathetic Vibrations
By Chris Cillizza and Peter Slevin, Washington Post

Just when the anti's thought they had proven beyond a doubt that the American public was buying into the "get out of Iraq now" bit, a poll comes along to dash their hopes. Not only that, I guess they put a question on there that asked the pollee about anti-Iraqi motivation. DOH

Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.


Their poll also indicates many Americans are skeptical of Democratic complaints about the war. Just three of 10 adults accept that Democrats are leveling criticism because they believe this will help U.S. efforts in Iraq. A majority believes the motive is really to "gain a partisan political advantage."

RT Strategies... not a polling company I am familiar with. But evidently the R and T stand for Thomas Riehle, a Democrat, and Lance Tarrance, a veteran GOP pollster. It's only driven home further by the fact it appeared in the Washington Post, and not the Washington Times.

So much for it being partisan in nature.

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