Interesting comparisons of the day:
The latest CBS poll numbers for Bush and Cheney permit some interesting comparisons. Bush is hovering around 34% approval, the worst of his presidency; Cheney is down at 18% approval. So. The other polls are from Polling Report
. My favorites are in bold.
Hovering right around George W., we have:
34% of Americans believe that the Bible is "the actual word of God and is to be taken literally" (Gallup 2004)
34% of Americans believe that rock music has had a negative impact on "society, culture, and values" (NBC 2002)33% of Americans believe that "a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband" (Fox 1998)
33% of Americans disapprove of labor unions (Gallup 2005)
33% of Americans are bothered "a lot" by homosexual characters and themes on tv.(Pew 2005)
29% of Americans believe that it is not possible to believe in God and evolution simultaneously. (CBS 2005)
27% of Americans believe that divorce is "morally wrong" (Gallup 2003)
26% of Americans believed that natural disasters in 1999 "may foreshadow the wrath of God" (Fabrizio 1999)
So... about thirty percent of the population thinks divorce is morally wrong, the Bible is literal, wives should submit to their husbands, et cetera et cetera et cetera. And about thirty percent of the population still approves of Bush's job performance. Coincidence? Hmmm.
(I wanted to add Darwin to this mess, but as of 2005 51% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form. How sad is that?)
And circa Cheney:
22% of Americas believe that MLK Jr.'s birthday should not be a national holiday. (AP 2006)
20% of men believe that Viagra will be a bad thing for society overall (Gallup 1998)
18% of Americans think that young people don't have as strong a sense of right and wrong as they did fifty years ago (those whippersnappers!) (Pew Research 2005)
18% of Americans rate the honesty and ethics of lawyers "very high" (Gallup 2005)14% of men think that being a woman confers more advantages than being a man in today's society (CBS 1999)
11% of American believe that the U.S. is not addicted to oil. (Pew 2006)
11% of Americans think that the Bush administration has a clear plan for keeping down the price of home heating oil and gas. (CBS 2005)
11% of Americans oppose any restrictions on human cloning. (LA Times 2003)
10% of Americans would would be willing to be filmed eating a rat for reality tv. (CNN 2000)
Notice how there's this cluster of People Who Believe Anything down there with that Cheney rating? I mean, apparently you can get ten to twenty percent of Americans to agree to anything. That does not bode well for Cheney.