LA Times/Bloomberg: Plurality Supports Censure
by Jonathan Singer, Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 12:41:00 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg this week became some of the first traditional media outlets to ask intelligent questions surrounding calls for the censure of President Bush. The wording of the poll reads as follows:
Q40. As you may also know, a U.S. Senator has valled for a Senate resolution to censure George W. Bush, which is a formal expression of disapproval, but does not carry any legal consequences. The Senator claims it was illegal for Bush to authorize government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor American citizens without a court warrant. What do you think? Do you think that George W. Bush should be censured by the Senate for this, or not?
Yes, censure 46
No, don't censure 45
Rather than framing the question exactly as Bush administration spin would dictate -- i.e. performing electronic surveillance of terrorists -- the LA Times and Bloomberg ask a much more sensible question that actually gets to the root of the issue. And when the question is correctly worded, a small plurality of Americans agree with Senator Russell Feingold that the President should be censured. So much for the theory maintained by Fox News pundits and certain Democratic consultants that the Feingold's move would be the bane of his party...