Saturday, April 09, 2005
Politicizing Schiavo didn't help the GOP
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.
Question Agree Disagree 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.