Poll: Mixed Messages on Terror

Scared or confused: According to National Journal’s PollTrack, it appears Bushco’s unrelenting focus on the “War on Terror” is beginning to have an effect on his polling numbers … or not.

A recent CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 55 percent of respondents approve of the way he’s handling “the campaign against terrorism.” That’s up four points since mid-August, and the current survey was conducted prior to the speech he made Wednesday afternoon, in part addressing counterterrorism efforts since Sept. 11, 2001.

The same poll has other indicators, however, that show the public’s confidence in anti-terrorism efforts isn’t consistent. Forty-nine percent said the nation is “adequately prepared to deal with another terrorist attack” — down 15 points since March 2003.

Similarly, respondents aren’t nearly as satisfied with the Bush administration’s progress in creating a “comprehensive plan” for safeguarding the country against terrorism as they were a year and a half after the 9/11 attacks. In May 2003, 42 percent said the White House team had made “a lot” of progress; that figure has dwindled to just 16 percent in the current survey.

CNN pollsters also found discontent about “the way things are going” for the United States in its war on terror. Nine percent said they were “very satisfied,” compared with 53 percent who said they were either “not too satisfied” or “not at all satisfied.” Forty-nine percent fell into the dissatisfied bloc at the same time last year.

And in a recent Pew Research Center poll, responses were split evenly on a question that asked respondents why they thought there hasn’t been another terrorist attack on the country since 2001. Forty percent attributed it to luck, while 39 percent said “the government is doing a good job protecting the country.”

One comment

  • September 7, 2006 - 12:40 pm | Permalink

    For those that are pleased with how Bush is keeping them warm and same I have 2 reminders:
    1. 9/11 happened on Bush’s watch, not Clinton’s.
    2. Thousands of New Orleans citizens were screaming “help” in unison as the Bush administration was asleep at the wheel.

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