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AP poll: Americans optimistic for 2007

Poll: Americans see gloom, doom in 2007

... and these are talking about the the same AP-AOL News poll.

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An AP-AOL News poll has revealed that Bush is both the greatest "villain" and "hero" of 2006. When asked to name the past year's biggest villain, Bush was far and away the #1 choice, commanding 25% of the vote, distantly trailed by Osama Bin Laden (8%), Saddam Hussein (6%), President Mahmoud…
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From the master of doom and gloom, James Howard Kunstler, comes this attempt to simultaneous amuse and depress:

"25 percent anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ."

That is frightening, especially because those people will act accordingly. We need to get those people (the Religious Right) out of the government so they don't make decisions based on their absurd religious beliefs

By Michael White (not verified) on 31 Dec 2006 #permalink

CNN had the best one of 2005: "Americans split on whether Bush is a Uniter or Divider".

You'd think that was from the Onion, but nope, it was real.

By Joe Shelby (not verified) on 31 Dec 2006 #permalink

They really are two completely different articles. The optimism one is pretty standard stuff, but the pessimism one manages to equate a bird flu pandemic with legalized gay marriage. I guess that's the fifth horseman.