"Polls? We don' need no steenkin' polls!"
Bush has repeatedly said he does not pay attention to opinion polls. At a fundraiser last week for Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., he said he wants congressional colleagues "who don't listen to polls and focus groups but stand strong for what they think we're doing right."
On the other hand:
Today in his speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Karl Rove claimed that the most credible polls on President Bush are run by the RNC, and they are saying the American public likes him:
But the polls I believe are the polls that get run through the RNC. And I look at those polls all the time. The American people like this president. His personal approval ratings are in the 60s. Job approval is lower. And what that says to me is that people like him, they respect him, he’s somebody they feel a connection with, but they’re just sour right now on the war. And that’s the way it’s going to be.
For an administration that doesn't care about polls, they sure do have those numbers handy, don't they?
EXERCISE FOR THE READER: For bonus marks, logically reconcile the following two statements:
- "We trust the American people."
- "We don't believe in polls."
Your time starts now.