Monday, April 16, 2007

Public Continues To Trust Dems Over Bush

Results from the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll released tonight:

A Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,141 adults, conducted April 12-15, found that 58 percent trusted the Democrats in Congress to do a better job handling the situation in Iraq, compared with 33 percent who trusted Bush.

The president has taken advantage of Congress's spring recess to pound Democrats over their legislation, which would impose benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet; create strict rules for resting, equipping and training combat troops; and set a 2008 date for the final withdrawal of U.S. troops. Despite those efforts, Bush has lost a little ground to Democrats, who in February were trusted by 54 percent to set Iraq policy.

Pessimism about the war has continued to grow. For the first time, a narrow majority of Americans, 51 percent, said the United States will lose the battle, compared with 35 percent who said the United States will win. Bush continued yesterday to say that victory in Iraq is pivotal to the larger fight against terrorism, but Americans are increasingly agreeing with the Democratic view that the issues are separate. About 57 percent now say the United States can succeed in the terrorism fight without winning the Iraq war, an increase of 10 percentage points since January, when Americans were almost evenly divided on the question.

Bush is losing ground with the public on the war.

The news media continues to cover the stand-off between the WH and the Democratic Congress like it's 2003, however.

As such, I learned from both John Roberts and Andrea Koppel on CNN's Late Edition yesterday that the preznut has the "upper hand" in the Iraq war debate.

Too bad it's not true.

CNN - the worst political coverage on television.

At least on FOX you know they're working for the Republican party.

But CNN makes believe they're playing it straight.

POSTSCRIPT: I was glad to see Andrea Koppel's refusal to see any evidence of administration wrong-doing in the Prosecutor Purge scandal got under Josh Marshall's craw too.

I made my discontent with Andrea Koppel (Ted Koppel's kid) here.

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