March 18, 2006

Feingold Jumps 30 Points

A new Rasmussen Reports survey indicates that:

Initially, 22% of Democrats had a favorable opinion of him while 16% had an unfavorable opinion. However, knowing he advocates censure, Feingold's numbers within his own party jumped to 52% favorable and 14% unfavorable.

Oddly enough, the poll also finds that a majority of Americans oppose censuring President Bush. These numbers contradict another poll taken this week, which show that a majority of Americans are in favor of Russ' censure resolution.

Scott Shields compares the wording of the respective polls:

Rasmussen, known for being fairly reputable despite its partisan leanings, asks this question:

Senator Russ Feingold has introduced a measure to censure, or publicly reprimand, President Bush for authorizing the NSA wiretapping program. Should President Bush be censured for authorizing the NSA wiretapping program?

American Research Group's question was as follows:

Do you favor or oppose the United States Senate passing a resolution censuring President George W. Bush for authorizing wiretaps of Americans within the United States without obtaining court orders?

Do with that what you will. I see a definite bias opposing censure in the first question, which would naturally slant the response. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of those two results, however--which is still significant if you stop to think about it.

What does a right-leaning poll that says Democratic support for Russ has jumped significantly since the beginning of this week mean? I think Russ is doing something right.
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Sen. Russ Feingold, who I believe is running for president, said over the weekend he's pushing the Senate to censure the president over spying. Bush, he isn't worried about it, he knew it was coming. He'd been listening to Feingold's conversations for three months.