Thursday, November 03, 2005

Worse Than Reagan

A few weeks ago, NBC News conducted a poll which reported that only 2% of blacks think Bush is doing a good job as President. Many of those savvy about polling pointed out, correctly so, that because the sample of blacks in this poll was less than 100, the margin of error for them was large -- perhaps 8 points. So as shocking as the 2% figure sounded, the true proportion may be 10%, which is typical for Repblican presidents.

Well today the pollster Zogby released it latest poll which shows that Bush's approval among blacks is at 6%. Again, the sample size of African-Americans is small -- in the vicinity of 100 -- so again the margin of error is significant. But when surveys start reporting similar results, like this, we can be surer of the accuracy of the data, regardless of margin of error for each survey.

It is becoming clearer that Mr. Bush is the most-reviled U.S. president among blacks ever. Still in Jeff Davis territory.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Americans Say Bush Less Ethical Than Clinton

Over the weekend, ABC News and the Washington Post conducted a poll on the indictment of Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis Libby. It showed that 34% of Americans rate Bush's handling of ethics as "Excellent" or "Good," compared to 37% for Clinton (because of the margin of error, it is fairer to consider the two to be tied, but my headline is more fun).

They also say, by a margin of 46% to 15%, that the level of honesty and ethics has declined under Bush.

Remember when Bush was supposed to return integrity to the White House?