Journalism: The Hill's Sloppy Reporting
by RandyMI, Thu Sep 13, 2007 at 12:25:12 PM EDT
When I attended K-12 as a kid, 43% was never a good thing. As a matter of fact, 43% meant a failing grade. However, according to The Hill, 43% is "solid support".
When President Bush addresses the nation Thursday night to lay out the way forward in Iraq, his sell might not be so difficult, according to a new poll that shows a large majority of Americans believes that it is likely that large numbers of U.S. troops will still be in Iraq in five years.
Bush is expected to endorse the recommendations from Gen. David Petraeus, who proposed that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq be reduced to the pre-surge level by July 2008.
A Rasmussen poll released Thursday showed that 43 percent of Americans support the Petraeus plan while 38 percent oppose it. In addition, 71 percent of respondents said it is likely that "a large number of U.S. soldiers will remain in Iraq five years from today."
First of all, I don't think Rasmussne asked the respondents whether they believed staying in Iraq is a good thing. If so, they would not even get to 43. Secondly, the spread between "support" and "oppose" is not at all significant. It goes to show all of us how far this Administration has lowered the bar on itself that we have now lowered the bar on on what everything. And now, 43%, not 63%, not even 53% is "solid". To the mediocre goes the victory.