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Poll: Petraeus more reliable than any politician
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, August 16, 2007

It appears the attempts by certain members of Congress and the leftosphere to cast aspersions on Gen. Petraeus' character and portray him as a hack and untruthful about Iraq is finding few takers among the American public:
This is the first time that Gallup asked Americans about their overall opinion of Petraeus.

In April, however, Gallup asked about the reliability of various leaders as "a source of accurate information about current conditions in Iraq." Eighty percent of Americans said Petraeus was a "very" (43%) or "somewhat" (37%) reliable source of information about conditions in Iraq, while just 13% said he was "not too" or "not at all" reliable.

"Americans viewed Petraeus as a much more reliable source than any of the other 16 leaders listed in the poll, including President Bush, members of the Bush administration, and leading Republican and Democratic presidential candidates," Gallup reports today.

"These results help explain why a majority of Americans, 56%, say Congress should not develop a new policy on Iraq until September when Petraeus reports on the progress of the U.S. troop surge."
As usual, Harry Reid is playing to the 13% who are overrepresented in the leftosphere. You can expect to see the Greenwaldian attacks on Petraeus continue but you can also be assured that they're redounding only in that echo chamber.

This poll did bring up another point that I'd like to address. Petraeus, at least in the blogosphere and media, is one of the most talked about people in this country. Yet look at this:
The poll of 1,012 adults, taken earlier this month, found that 47% give him a favorable rating, and only 21% unfavorable. The rest had not heard of him or had no opinion.
Fully 33% of those asked had never heard of him or didn't have enough information to have an opinion. Yet we're constantly led to believe that a solid majority of this country follows the war closely and has an unshakable opinion that we should leave and leave now.

This is just another indicator of why I think that argument is, for the most part, a whole lot of spin.
 
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Fully 33% of those asked had never heard of him or didn’t have enough information to have an opinion. Yet we’re constantly led to believe that a solid majority of this country follows the war closely and has an unshakable opinion that we should leave and leave now.
This reminds me of the short bit on The West Wing when Josh goes off about a poll about foreign aid... Paraphrased (the numbers aren’t correct):

47% of people polled think we spent to much on foreign aid, and 43% think we should spend less on foreign aid. There’s 5% of the population that thinks we spend too much right now, but that we also shouldn’t reduce how much we spend! Why isn’t there an option to give the answer ’for god’s sake, don’t ask me, I’m incapable of wrapping my mind around this issue’??
 
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The poll of 1,012 adults, taken earlier this month, found that 47% give him a favorable rating, and only 21% unfavorable. The rest had not heard of him or had no opinion.
And that’s exactly who the Dem/MSM spin machine is aiming at. And that is where their opportunity to taint the picture lies.

 
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And that 33% are the same ones who form an opinion by reading obfuscating headlines from the NY Times or ten-second soundbites from CNN.
 
Written By: the wolf
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I like to call that 33% "The Liberal’s Voter Base"
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Do people really have to follow the war closely to have an unshakable opinion that we should leave and leave now?

Also what will Petreaus’s reputation matter when the Whitehouse is writing his report and Gates is presenting it?
 
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Do people really have to follow the war closely to have an unshakable opinion that we should leave and leave now?
If they have any concern about having an informed opinion, yes.

I assume that’s not a big priority for you, given the question.
 
Written By: McQ
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No need to get testy. Most peoples opinions about most things are uninformed. Maybe they are more shakable for being formed in the absence of close attantion to the war, or maybe they’re just as strongly held for being ignorant. What have you seen that would convince you that anything like 33% of the population is concerned about having an informed opinion rather than an opinion?
 
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