Saturday, April 09, 2005


Politicizing Schiavo didn't help the GOP

From USATODAY: Many wary of GOP's moral agenda, Poll: Public disliked Schiavo intervention,
In [a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll], most Americans disapprove of the efforts by President Bush and Congress to draw federal courts into the dispute over treatment of the brain-damaged Florida woman.

Republicans, traditionally the party of limited government, are “trying to use the federal government to interfere with the private lives of most Americans” on moral values.55%40%
Democrats, who sharply expanded government since the Depression, aren't trying to interfere on moral issues.53%40%
Disapprove of Bush's handling of the Schiavo case.53%34%
Disapprove of Congress' handling of the Schiavo case. 76%20%
The “religious right” has too much influence in the Bush administration.39%18%

On the last question, of the religious right” has too much influence in the Bush administration,
That's a change from when the question was asked in CBS News/New York Times polls taken from 2001 to 2003. Then, approximately equal numbers said conservative Christians had too much and too little influence.

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