Even Fox Can’t Spin Lack of Support For Bush

George Bush just isn’t getting very much support for his surge. His in-house propaganda outfit (Fox News) even reports widespread dissatisfaction.. Fox News is reporting that most think the surge is Bush’s last chance in Iraq with 59% to 36% opposing the plan. Conservatives often claim that they do poorly in the polls due to bias, but it is hard for such clams considering the source. Other Republican pollsters are reporting even worse losses for the Republicans in 2008 should be remain in Iraq beyond the end of this year.

Bush’s approval in the poll is at 35%, down from 38% in December. This remains above his low of 33% in Fox’s poll in April 2006.

There is one strange item in this poll:

Even though a majority opposes Bush’s new plan and many are doubtful it can succeed, that does not mean they want it to fail: 63 percent of Americans say they want the plan to succeed, including 79 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of independents and 51 percent of Democrats.

Considering the consequences, it is hard to believe anybody would want the plan to fail, regardless of how much they dislike Bush or opposed the decision to go to war. I wonder if people were really listening to the question, or were simply in a mind set to answer everything based upon their feelings about the war and many didn’t really realize what they were saying here. Of course some conservative sites such as Powerline are citing this as evidence about the wishes as Democrats. They write, “One-third of Dems apparently wish for the failure of an American military mission against al Qaeda, radical Islamist militias, and death squads, and for the slaughter in Baghdad to continue unabated.” If you follow this logic, this still leaves 21% of Republicans as not supporting success in Iraq–a portion of the poll not conservatives are mentioning. I doubt this is the case, and if you take this literally, while it places Republicans in a superior position to Democrats, it doesn’t make them look all that favorable either. But then we know conservatives love to cherry pick the facts which support their biases and ignore anything which doesn’t help their case.

Update: Authoritarian Right Will Say Anything To Claim Democrats Are Unpatriotic

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    MinorRipper says:

    Not sure if everyone has seen these videos of the US military in Iraq or not, but they are pretty amazing: Hopefully our ‘surge’ will not include too many of these types…
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