Friday, January 14, 2005

Opinion Polls: Iraq and Terrorism

On January 13, 2005, Fox News had an article about an opinion poll they conducted concerning the President's performance, among other things. Three days earlier CNN had an article about a similar CNN/USAToday/Gallup poll. Many of the numbers reported were similar. For example Pres. Bush's approval rating for his handling of the Iraq war was 42% (CNN) and 44% (Fox). However, there are some differences about what they additionally reported on the war in Iraq and terrorism.

CNN said this about Iraq and the war on terror:

* 50 percent believed the United States had made a mistake by sending troops to Iraq

* “Only 40 percent of those surveyed said they believed the war is going well for American forces.”

* “Just 28 percent said they considered it very likely or somewhat likely that peace and security would be established within Iraq in the next year.”

Fox said this:

* “A 54 percent majority thinks it is likely the Iraqi elections will successfully be held on January 30 as scheduled … However, more than twice as many people think there will be more violence (56 percent) rather than less violence (22 percent) in Iraq after the elections are held.”
* “Opinion is almost evenly divided on whether the United States should “stay in Iraq to win the war” or “get out of Iraq to end the war” (46 percent to 45 percent respectively).”
* Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say they are personally committed to winning the war on terrorism “no matter what it takes.”
* “… more than two-thirds (68 percent) think the United States must win the war on terrorism while fewer than one in five (18 percent) think the country can “coexist” with terrorists.”

Is CNN’s information designed to be negative? Is Fox’s information designed to paint as rosy a picture as possible?

Links to the articles:,2933,144278,00.html

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