Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mason-Dixon Poll

I'm sure everyone has seen the new M-D poll on both Allen-Webb and the marriage amendment.
What I have not seen anyone take a look at is the poll they did in Virginia on Bush approval and terrorism. Only 42% of Virginians approve of Bush, but 57% say they believe our efforts to combat terrorism are working.
There was also one more interesting statistic:

"63 percent said they support the use of controversial tactics such as wiretapping and surveillance of financial transactions to monitor terrorist threats"

Just wondering what everyone thought of those numbers.

3 Comments:

  • At 9/12/2006 5:30 PM, Anonymous brimur said…

    Those last numbers are ridiculous. That doesn't tell you anything. Democrats don't wholesale oppose wiretapping (btw, they almost unanimously support freezing terrorist financing, and I only say "almost" because I can't account for every Dem)they just oppose wiretapping programs that don't incorporate meaningful legislative oversight measures and don't even comply with current legislation.

    So the questions should be: Do you think President Bush should consult with the full House and Senate intelligence committee before tapping phone conversations involving American citizens?

    Do you think President Bush should comply with current law with regard to his authority to tap the phones of American citizens?

    The issue here is based on what used to be a conservative principle: Wariness of expanding government power particularly when it impinges on individual rights. It's the same reasoning which underpins the 2nd amendment.

     
  • At 9/16/2006 2:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think Ben Franklin said it all:

    "Those who would give up Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

     
  • At 10/09/2006 8:10 PM, Blogger Big Red Lance said…

    GOP Hokie,

    I agree that the polls are skewed and that Allen will pull through when the day is done.

    The Mason-Dixon poll is truly a "worst case scenario" for the Republicans.

    Yes, it’s true that the Mason-Dixon poll shows that Democrats are either leading or tied in several key races. However, even if this were true, there’s still an 80.8% chance that the Republicans will retain control of the Senate (based upon Mason-Dixon‘s numbers):

    http://pollstered.blogspot.com/2006/10/republicans-still-likely-to-retain.html

    The key is that, even though the Democrats may be up in several races, they must win NEARLY ALL of the them in order to gain control. That’s a pretty tall order.

    --Lance

     

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