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4/05/2005

America Has Finally Had Enough of GOP "Morality"

Apparently the American people have finally had their fill of the Bush administration and Republican party's morality play. Ironically it seems to have taken Terri Schiavo to show us the way.

From USA Today:

"The controversy over Terri Schiavo has raised concerns among many Americans about the moral agenda of the Republican party and the power of conservative Christians, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. (Related:
Poll results)

In the survey, most Americans disapprove of the efforts by President Bush and Congress to draw federal courts into the dispute over treatment of the brain-damaged Florida woman. She died last week.

The emotional issue apparently has helped reverse some old stereotypes about the two parties:
• By 55%-40%, respondents say Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are 'trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans' when it comes to moral values.

• By 53%-40%, they say Democrats, sometimes castigated as the party of big government, aren't trying to interfere on moral issues."

Here are some more interesting findings:

"In the poll taken Friday and Saturday, Bush's job-approval rating is 48%, 3 percentage points higher than in mid-March. But on personal characteristics, such as trustworthiness, Bush is supported by a majority of Americans.


Americans by 53%-34% say they disapprove of Bush's handling of the Schiavo case. Congress' rating on Schiavo is worse: 76%-20%.


By more than two-to-one, 39%-18%, Americans say the 'religious right' has too much influence, rather than too little, in the Bush administration. That's a change from when the question was asked in CBS News/New York Times polls taken from 2001 to 2003. Then, approximately equal numbers said conservative Christians had too much and too little"

Maybe people are finally asking the question I've been asking. When are you going to stop campaigning and start governing?

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