Giuliani leads Iowa
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani leads in a recent Iowa poll of likely
caucus attendees with 30 percent. Second was undecided at 29 percent. Third
place was Sen. John McCain of Arizona with 17.3 percent.
Seventy percent of the poll's respondents identified themselves as
"pro-life," a term associated with opposition to abortion rights, compared
with 30 percent who called themselves "pro-choice." Most of the "pro-life"
respondents said that they would not vote for someone who did not support
their position. It is unclear what caucus attendees would do when they find
out that Giuliani does not support their position.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee received 6.5 percent,
followed by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 4.5 percent, Virginia Sen.
George Allen with 3.5 percent, New York Gov. George Pataki with 3.3 percent,
and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, each with 2.5
The poll, conducted Aug. 14-15, has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage
points. Victory Enterprises conducted the poll and is run by Steve Grubbs,
former chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa.
NY Times poll
The NY Times recent poll shows that the American public is beginning to
disconnect the War in Iraq from the War on Terrorism. Here are the following
questions and responses from the poll:
Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job
as President? 338 percent approve; 55 percent disapprove; and 8percent have
Which issue is most important for politicians to focus on right now?
Terrorism 24 percent; War in Iraq 22percent; economy 20 percent; cost of
health care 18 percent; gas prices 9; conflict between Hezbollah and Israel
6 percent; and no opinion 2 percent.
Do you think of the war with Iraq as part of the war on terrorism or as
separate from the war on terrorism? Major part 32 percent; minor part 12
percent; separate 51 percent; and no opinion 5 percent.
Over the past couple of years, has the Bush administration focused too much
on the war in Iraq and not enough on terrorism elsewhere or has it focused
too much on terrorism elsewhere and not enough on the war in Iraq or has the
balance been about right? Too much on war 46 percent; too much on terrorists
5 percent; balance about right 43 percent; and no opinion 7 percent.
Judge’s conflict of interest
USA Today reports on a serious violation by the liberal Jimmy
Carter-appointed judge that has left the nation vulnerable to terrorists:
A judicial watchdog group contended Tuesday that Michigan U.S. District
Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who last week struck down a federal warrantless
wiretapping program, may have had a conflict of interest in the case.
Judicial Watch, a conservative-leaning group based in Washington, issued a
news release calling attention to Taylor's apparent membership in a local
foundation that gave $45,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union of
Michigan in recent grants. The ACLU of Michigan was one of the parties to
the case challenging the surveillance program that was begun after the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The lead challenger was the national ACLU.