34%

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Polls, The War On Terrorism

Yes, an expected post from a liberal, but I think this illustrates just how much the port controversy blindsided Bush. Sure, we can’t know if this number is true until we see other numbers come in the next few days, but this walks and talks a lot like post-Katrina numbers. Bush has got to be concerned.

From CBS:

(CBS) The latest CBS News poll finds President Bush’s approval rating has fallen to an all-time low of 34 percent, while pessimism about the Iraq war has risen to a new high.

Americans are also overwhelmingly opposed to the Bush-backed deal giving a Dubai-owned company operational control over six major U.S. ports. Seven in 10 Americans, including 58 percent of Republicans, say they’re opposed to the agreement.

I know I’ve heard from some of you about this already, but what are your thoughts on the port deal, given the new information that’s come out since the initial report?


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9 Responses to “34%”

  1. Brian in MA Says:

    Oh please, not more “approval rating” polls. Bush’s “approval rating” doesn’t matter since he won’t be running for office again.

    The American public at large is a herd of sheep.

    Something bad happens, Pres. Approval rating down

    Something good happens, Pres. Approval rating up.

    I’ve basicaly heard two sides:

    1. The UAE is ARAB and MUSLIM! They are the enemy, they had 2/19 of the 9/11 terrorists, they are just trying to find a way to infiltrate US ports. I call this one the Witch Hunt model, because we’re esentially making all Arabs and all Muslims out to be as monolithic a group as the Nazis or the Communists (with the same megalomaniacal intentions).

    2. The UAE is an ally in the war on terror(and in general), we have naval bases there that are extremely helpful for reaching other areas of the middle east, the UAE sent us massive aid after Katrina struck and, like Iraq, will be a cornerstone in trying to rid the Middle East if terror. In addition, the Dubai company leases in ports all over the world.

    I think Model 1 has less merit. There are homegrown terrorists here and terrorists in Britain (London bombings, anyone?), the Middle East is not the only place where terrorists prop up. In addition, the Witch Hunt mentality is innaccurate because it isn’t like Iraq became “not Arab” and “not Muslim” after we kicked Saddam out. The more allies we have in the Middle East the better and I don’t see how makin it economically advantageous for elements of the Middle East not to blow our ports up is a bad thing.

  2. Lonely Federalist Says:

    If his numbers keep dropping like this, he’ll NEVER get re-elected.

  3. Joshua Says:

    Gates of Vienna has an intriguing theory on why Bush has been so gung-ho about this UAE port deal: He may be trying to keep the UAE in the American fold in the event of U.S. military action against Iran. (BTW, the “Joshua Pundit” quoted in the linked post is not yours truly, although to let you in on a little secret I’m thinking about launching a blog of my own.)

  4. DosPeros Says:

    On a similar front, Harry Truman’s poll numbers at an all time high — look out Dewey.

  5. Jeff B. Says:

    I still haven’t seen any port security expert say that this is a problem. Until I see that, it makes me think that this may not be a security threat. In that case Bush should be commended for making a benign decision instead of a destructive one, which is all we can hope for from him.

  6. Justin Gardner Says:

    1. The UAE is ARAB and MUSLIM! They are the enemy, they had 2/19 of the 9/11 terrorists, they are just trying to find a way to infiltrate US ports. I call this one the Witch Hunt model, because we’re esentially making all Arabs and all Muslims out to be as monolithic a group as the Nazis or the Communists (with the same megalomaniacal intentions).

    Where have you heard this? Links, now. All the voices I’ve read and heard have said something VERY different and much more nuanced than this. Don’t agitprop on this site Brian if you know that other voices exist.

  7. Justin Gardner Says:

    If his numbers keep dropping like this, he’ll NEVER get re-elected.

    Ha, I think you’re right!

  8. GN Says:

    All in all this is a money deal …… someone at the apex stands to make bucks from this deal. That said, the issue is not very clear in terms of security, lateral benefits or long term alliances for the simple reason that it was sprung on the country from the back room (Again).
    the backlash from the citizenry (followed by politicians trying desparately to be in the good graces of voters) is rooted in the general lack of thought processes for most Americans. We are a busy people … what, with all the consuming of goods and services and living at warp speed …. We know we are in a war …. we know that we are supposed to support the troops … we know that we don’t want another 9/11 …. we know that we cannot seem to close off our southern boder ….SO, we wonder why all of a sudden we are voluntarily opening up the seaboards? Why are we asking the “Crips” to guard the “Bloods” turf? this is our mentality …. the average american has NO CLUE how many of our ports are being operated by foreigners .. Hell, we are still internalizing the jobs that are being sent to other countries. We have lost our sophistication. We garner our news from pundits usurping the title of journalists. we live by sound byte … and that is the sword these guys are falling on.

    the average adult in the U.S is thinking and deciding opinions as follows:

    Towers down ..this is bad
    Osama in the cave …let’s get him
    WMD … this is bad
    Arab insurgents … this is bad
    Iran is developing nukes … Damn, more Arabs
    Hey, we’re gonna let the arabs run our ports … WHAT? What the fuck is going on?

    So many people beat thiese horses to death in great detail, lots of analysis and many educated opinions that we forget that americans are basically simple people who like the bottom line information. they are pissed off at the arrogance and secretiveness of the administration. They want answers. they probably will not get them. They will react at the polls. SO LONG, religous right!

  9. Brian in MA Says:

    “Where have you heard this? Links, now. All the voices I’ve read and heard have said something VERY different and much more nuanced than this. Don’t agitprop on this site Brian if you know that other voices exist.”

    Its simply a summarization of the basic premise.

    1. Britain owns the company now, we’re fine with Britain doing it, even though they are a foreign country with terrorists in the dark corners.

    2. The U.A.E. will now own the company, we aren’t fine with doing it because giving it to a Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern country purportedly presents us with a security threat. We will ignore the fact Dubai Ports World has ports all over the world.

    They have a pretty good website: http://www.dpiterminals.com/

    Turns out they have ports in Australia, China(several, including 3 in HongKong), India, and Germany, among other places.

    If they are good enough for the countries that are supposedly our allies(Australia and Germany, China insofar as trade is concerned), why aren’t they good enough for us?

    The answer is obvious, xenophobia. As far as I can tell, the company is a international legitimate business that wants to compete, and acquisition of US Port elements will only enhance their position in the market. Long story short, they probably aren’t going to piss off the American market (and our Europenan allies) by allowing dangerous containers in to please the Imams, not if they value competition more than destroying the West.

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