Monday, April 17, 2006

You Can ______ 20% of the People 20% of the Time

In the most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 47 percent of voters "strongly" disapproved of Bush's job performance, a deeply foreboding number for GOP'ers seeking election this fall. In this same poll, 20 percent of respondents said they "strongly approve" of the job President Bush is doing.

When I see the latter number, I find myself amazed at the resilience of these people. With all that President Bush has done for them, 20% still strongly approve of him.

What are some other things that roughly 20% of Americans believe in or practice?

22% of adults believe "human beings evolved from earlier species"
     (Harris, 7/6/05)

23% of surveyed Americans don't identify themselves as Christian
     (ARIS, 2001)

of "born again" people support marijuana reform & legalization
     (Zogby, 3/24/06)

22% think doctors should always try to save a patient's life
     (Pew, 1/5/06)

22% smoke
     (Harris, 3/9/06)

believe in reincarnation
     (Harris, 12/14/05)

21% believe immigation is a very big problem in their community
20% believe immigation is a moderately big problem " "
22% believe immigation is a small problem " "
     (Pew, 3/30/06)

28% strongly oppose gay marriage
     (Pew, 3/22/06)

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