Fifty-five percent of Americans approve of the way President Bush is “handling the campaign against terrorism” according to the most recent NYT/CBS poll. (Page 7 of PDF file)
The poll also shows that fighting terrorism is the number one issue “for political leaders to concentrate on right now.”
The war in Iraq placed second.
Gas prices placed 5th.
But the headline for the NYT, which even their own poll shows is old news, is that 51% of Americans do not “think of the war with Iraq as part of the war on terrorism.”
Roughly similar numbers appeared in the same poll last March. (page 12 of PDF)
And here is where the NYT’s reporters insert their own bizarre analysis:
“Should the trend hold, the increased skepticism could present a political obstacle for Mr. Bush and his allies on Capitol Hill, who are making their record on terrorism a central element of the midterm election campaign.”
But the poll shows 55% approve of Bush’s handling of the war on terror.
The NYT reporters also cook the books of their own poll writing:
“The finding that 51 percent of those surveyed see no link between the war in Iraq and the broader antiterror effort was a jump of 10 percentage points since June.”
As can be seen here, it is actually only a 2 point “jump” since March of this year along a trend that has been growing since late 2003.
Perhaps it is reporting of the Legacy Media on Iraq, which is as flawed as the NYT analysis of their own poll, that has shaped and changed public opinion.
Because this my friends is terrorism.