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Public Opinion Polling On Cindy Sheehan.

From the pollster with the best track record in recent history:

Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother who maintained an anti-War protest outside of President Bush's ranch, is viewed favorably by 35% of Americans and unfavorably by 38%.

But what about support along party lines?

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Clearly, she is not a figure that garners any sort of bipartisan support. We recently had an election centered around this very issue. Anti-war folks gave it their best shot. They outspent Republicans, via the 527s. They "won" the nightly news cycle almost every night of the campaign. They turned out record numbers to vote against President Bush.

And yet President Bush was reelected with 62+ million votes, more than any other individual in the history of our nation.

And what about gender differences?

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And what about people with a pre-existing opinion on the war? And what about military families?

People who think we should withdraw troops from Iraq now have a positive opinion of Sheehan (59% favorable, 12% unfavorable). Those who do not think we should withdraw troops at this time have a negative view (15% favorable , 64% unfavorable).

Among those with family members who have served in the military, Sheehan is viewed favorably by 31% and unfavorably by 48%.

Clearly, Cindy Sheehan is not the magic bullet the anti-war movement had hoped for, against which the supporters of the War On Terror would have no defense. She is too polarizing and too much of a nutjob to be the cosmic force she proclaimed herself to be.

Her 15 minutes needed to be up 16 minutes ago.

Forty-two percent (42%) of Married Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Sheehan while 33% have a favorable opinion. Among those who are not married, Sheehan's numbers are 38% favorable and 30% favorable.

Fifty-five percent (55%) of Americans say they are following the Sheehan story somewhat or very closely. That is a lower level of interest than Americans have in stories about Iran's nuclear capabilities. It is roughly comparable to the interest in stories about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.

Enough with the Sheehan. She doesn't remotely represent mothers of fallen soldiers. She doesn't remotely represent any sort of mainstream political thought. And she isn't really convincing anyone, either way, of anything.

Posted by Will Franklin · 20 August 2005 03:16 PM

Comments

Sheehan is a mother who lost her son in a war that so far, no one has been able to justify.

Trying to demonize her only serves to make Republicans look even worse.

Incidentally...Sheehan's approval rating isn't that far from Bush's.

Posted by: carla at August 20, 2005 06:37 PM

We have already heard from a good number of her son's other relatives who support the President but their views do not seem to count.

We have also heard from other families whose children have died in Iraq like:

She Does Not Speak for Me.


We have also heard from Mrs. Sheehan herself including the initial deception of failing to tell the world (when she was demanding a meeting with the President) that she had already met with him!

But none of this is good for the left. We should all accept all the crap that this woman spouts simply because her son died in Iraq. This includes the other mothers who do not like her comments.

Strange thing is, the worst enemy Mrs. Sheehan has is her own mouth.

Posted by: Fred Fry at August 20, 2005 07:11 PM

She's another moronic poster child for people that were going to bash Bush anyway.

Posted by: Rodney Dill at August 20, 2005 07:28 PM

Cindy Sheehan is a mother grieving her son's death!...It is too bad that she is unable to accept that her son died fighting for freedom and democracy in a War he believed was important enough to fight! It is really sad that someone close to her has not been able to persuade her to grieve in private! She has lost her husband and her mother had a stroke! This poor woman is in deep pain!...BUT... It is time for her to get some professional to help her with her grief!...President Bush has already spoken with her once and he is aware of her opinion on the War!..Go Home Cindy and figure it out! Your son was not drafted! He willingly went over to fight for what he believed was right! Like it or not! God bless him and hopefully Cindy Sheehan can find some peace in his courage and bravery!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 20, 2005 07:43 PM

The left is dreaming if they think that she can help win over the mainstream. Shes says things like this (per FrontPage website):

“America has been killing people on this continent since it started. This country is not worth dying for.”

Posted by: Dan Morgan at August 20, 2005 07:46 PM

I wonder if the Cindy critics even know how Casey died.

He was on a rescue mission in the Baghdad slum called Sadr City. Casey entered the warzone with 6 other Americans and several companies of Iraqi troops that manned posts throughout the area.

Who were Casey's enemies? Sunni backers of Saddam Hussein? Al Qaeda fighters? Al-Zarqawi guerrilas? No, they were militia members of the anti-American Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr. During the firefight that cost Casey his life, the al-Sadr militia had overwhelming superiority in numbers. Why? Because our Iraqi troops that Rumsfeld said were 200,000 in number and fighting effectively on the front line dropped their weapons and ran away like screaming girls.

As Casey lies dead in his grave, the man responsible for his death is a prominent member of the Iraqi government, a position he earned thanks to the election.

Casey died so that an anti-American Shiite extremist could advance his political career? Casey died for Iraqi "soldiers" so committed to their nation's freedom that they would drop their weapons and run at the first sign of danger?

Casey's mother has a right to be pissed off at this war and the president that leads it.

Posted by: manise at August 21, 2005 04:55 AM

Casey's mom has that Right because of people like Casey who have fought and died to secure freedom and democracy!...God bless Cindy Sheehan for having a son who believed in fighting with courage and bravery for our country and our world!...Cindy Sheehan hopefully will be able to restore her family and the dignity it deserves for having a son like Casey! Go Home Cindy and be thankful for what you have! Go Home and Grieve in private! Give your son's death some dignity by accepting that he believed in what he was doing!...Like it or not!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 21, 2005 11:28 AM

Carla....

Sheehan is a mother who lost her son in a war that so far, no one has been able to justify.

You have not been paying attention all this time otherwise you would know. I can't help it if you have the attention span of a walnut or intentionally turn a blind eye to fact. Pesky things like facts tend to get in the way of your agenda, don't they? People like you also think the UN is a paragon of virtue, too.

Of course it doesn't help when you have the Democrats and Democratic propaganda machine aka the MSM (please note that ABC news is one of the largest employers of former Clinton administration members and other well known Democrats.) being the fifth column for Islamofascism. It doesn't help when the Democrats try to bury documents (some by stuffing them in Sandy Bergers pants) that the Clinton adminsitration knew and INTENTIONALLY did nothing, either. The 9/11 commision was a whitewash of the Clinton administration, a vain attempt to win an election for Kerry and to keep Hillary as "snow white" as possible. Disgusting.

Trying to demonize her only serves to make Republicans look even worse.

Who is "demonizing" her? No one is. Well, I guess to your ilk speaking the truth is considered "demonizing". To put it in plainer terms "I guess the truth hurts, doesn't it?" At least the "demonization" is spewing forth from her own mouth, unlike the Democrats trying to "demonize" John Roberts by attempting to imply that his son is "gay" and all the other shinola they have tried to spew.

Incidentally...Sheehan's approval rating isn't that far from Bush's.

Remember before the 2004 election the "opinion polls" and "exit polls" had Kerry winning? Why? Well it is not difficult to do that when they specifically weight a "poll" to push a political view and word questions in such a way to elicit the desired answers. The latest "opinion polls" are no different. Here is a link and a quote for you to sum up the latest "opinion poll".

http://www.anklebitingpundits.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2101

Like all of you I woke up to the news of the latest Ipsos-AP poll and groaned. Bush’s approval on Iraq is down to 38%. His overall approval is a sorry 42%. And a “growing” number of Americans view the president as “dishonest.”

Well, those are the results you get if you ask a bunch of Democrats about a Republican president, I suspect.

Take a gander at Questions 2 a. – d. in the toplines of the Ipsos poll (PDF). Of the 79% of respondents who are registered to vote, almost half (49%) describe themselves as “strongly Democrat” or “moderately Democrat,” whereas only 39% describe themselves as “strongly Republican” or “moderately Republican.”

As for the 21% of respondents who aren’t even registered to vote? Well, not to sound rude, but who really cares what they think?

Question D1c. demonstrates that Ipsos surveyed almost twice as many 18-34 year olds (31%) as they did 65-and-olders (17%). That’s not right.

Question D14 is curious, too. 14% of respondents make less that $15,000 per year?

Why didn’t they just survey the staff of the DNC?

Posted by: Nahanni at August 21, 2005 10:15 PM

Great post. Your combination of sound bites, graphics and personal asides is most illuminating. :)

Posted by: Sissy Willis at August 22, 2005 06:45 AM

Sometimes I feel so ashamed to be female.

Posted by: Carolynn at August 22, 2005 04:48 PM

What is really sad is her opinions on Gaza! ... Yikes! She really has gone over board!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 22, 2005 06:47 PM

If your wondering what the next "Swift Boat" ad is going to be, check out this article:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=17915

It details how Cindy spoke before a group supporting Lynne Stewart (lawyer convicted of supporting terrorists by passing along fatwas to followers). At this meeting, she dishonored her son by not walking out as they handed out fliers asking if this group should SUPPORT THE INSURGENTS. Her son would be so proud. Wow, Cindy had glowing words about Ms Stewart and spoke of Syria and Iran's right to possess nuclear weapons...as well as saying America isn't worth dying for. Certainly, she enjoyed Ms Stewart's talk and the other radicals who hate America-- while offering her theories on how to weaken America and sabotage the war on terror.

I imagine Reublicans are waiting for more Democratic leaders and MSM outlets to jump on Cindy's bandwagon...before they decimate the credibility of both. I guess the genuises on the Left should have employed a bit more strategic thinking before propping up a Leftist, anti-American sychophant. Is it any wonder that the majority of Americans do not trust these "brilliant minds" to run this country?

Posted by: Cannon Yonts at August 23, 2005 12:04 PM


Cindy thinks Bush should encourage his daughters to enlist in the armed forces for so noble a cause. It occurs to me that he also has nephews who may be eligible. Where do the Bush kids stand on this war? And why haven't we heard from Bush on this subject?

Posted by: Lucille Rapillo at August 24, 2005 11:32 PM