Tuesday, September 26, 2006

MUST READ ZOGBY POLL: only 45% of voters think Bush won election "fair and square"

Once again, another country uses an American polling firm to conduct a poll here whose results should be front page news here--and probably won't be on TV news or in any major news paper.

It is no surprise that 71% of blacks have serious doubts about Bush's victory given the voter roll purges, intimidation, withholding of voting equipment and vote suppression tactics that haven't done on this scale the Jim Crow era. But 54% of ASIANS don't think he won fairly either.

There are a couple of questions like this that make it hard to compare Bush to other presidents because few would wonder if other presidents cheated on a scale to change the outcome. I have no doubt that Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in 1984, that Papa Bush beat Dukakis in 1988, and if Papa Bush had beat Clinton in 1992 instead of the other way around, I wouldn't have spent much time thinking about how that defied logic either because it didn't.

On the other hand, there were a couple of immediate red flags with Bush's re-election. He had the lowest approval rating of any re-elected president since Harry Truman, and the poll numbers I found for Truman were a couple of months before the election, so he might have pulled up. It was also the first time exit polls varied dramatically from the vote count and the variance that was outside of the margin of error all favored Bush. Most of this variance occurred in areas with electronic voting machines that are easily rigged and have no way to do a recount apart from looking at the number on the screen again. Every major university that has looked at the voting machines have easily found how to rig them in a matter of seconds, as Howard Dean was shown in this video:

The good news here is that the majority of Americans are figuring out what's going on despite a virtual blackout in the mainstream media.

This is one of the reasons the rest of the world does not take Bush's talk about trying to spread democracy seriously. In 2000, while we were watching old farts fumble with butterfly ballots election night, the rest of the world was watching blacks talk about being purged from the voter rolls and denied their right to vote on the BBC.

If this is how he treats his own citizens, how real will he let the democracy be in a country he invaded to give its resources to his friends?



Edited on Sun Sep-24-06 10:48 PM by autorank
Monday, 25 September 2006, 1:25 pm (NZ)

Only 45% of Voters “Very Confident” Bush Won Election “fair and square”

Michael Collins
Part II of a II Part Series (Part I)
“Scoop” Independent News
Washington, DC

At their lowest points of popularity, do you recall anyone who claimed that Presidents’ Carter and Nixon stole their elections or that they didn't’t win fair and square? Did any analysts or activist groups clam massive election fraud in the elections that brought these ultimately very unpopular presidents to office?

How confident are you that George Bush really won the 2004 presidential election? If you are a typical American voter and you have doubts, how did those doubts arise? A mid August Zogby Poll of 1018 likely voters answered the first of these two very important questions (The author was a contributing sponsor for the survey.)

How confident are you that George W. Bush really won the 2004 presidential election?

Very confident that Bush won fair and square -- 45.2%
Somewhatconfident that Bush won fair and square -- 20.0
Not at all confident that he won fair and square -- 32.4
Other/not sure -- 2.4

This is a remarkable result. Nearly two years into the second term of his presidency, less than half of those polled think that the 2004 election victory was “fair and square.” 20% say they are “somewhat” confident, which is hardly an endorsement of legitimacy. Webster’s defines “somewhat” as follows: “…in some degree or measure: SLIGHTLY.“ This does not exactly qualify as an endorsement of a critical democratic process. The 32% who are “not at all confident” represent a huge portion of the population believing that Bush failed to win without cheating. Combining “not at all confident” with “somewhat” “slightly”, according to Webster’s, produces a category of 52% who “doubt” the legitimacy of the election. Altogether, these results are a clear vote of no confidence.

Combining “not confident at all” and “somewhat” (“in some degree measure: SLIGHTLY”) produces a category of “Doubts.” This gives a clear picture on legitimacy versus illegitimacy issue.

Those who doubt: Not at all confident that he won fair and square - 32%

Fifty nine percent of Democrats, 5% of Republicans, and 34% of independents comprise the group with no confidence in a Bush win. Dividing the group by race shows that 54% of Asians and 71% percent of African Americans have serious doubts in the legitimacy of the election, along with 25% of whites and 37% of Latinos. Thus, a majority of Asian and African American voters lack confidence in the president’s legitimacy to rule while significant numbers of whites and Latinos do as well.

Groups thought to be in the hip pocket of the Republican administration show no confidence at a significant rate. NASCAR fans doubt the election results at a rate of 28% and born again Christians at 25%. Those in rural areas and the suburbs show some real doubt with rates of 28% and 29% respectively demonstrating a significant level of doubt. Members of the armed forces were right at the survey average with 32% questioning the legitimacy of the election.

Link: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0609/S00346.htm
Print version: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/print.html?path=HL0609/S00346.htm

Michael Collins is a writer who focuses on clean elections and voting rights. He is the publisher of the web site, www.ElectionFraudNews.com . His articles in “Scoop” Independent News can be found here. MichaelCollins@electionfraudnews.com


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