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Is George W. Bush the Buddy Holly of U.S. Presidential history
  May 22, 2005

A digit dialing of 1,240 ‘U.S. citizens’ between May 17-22, 2005. This features a margin of error of 3.75%, 17 times out of 20 @98% competency. This poll was paid for by Canadian businessmen doing business in the United States and by Glen P. Robbins and Associates.

Question #1
In your opinion should the United States hold bilateral talks with North Korea relating to North Korea’s threat of nuclear arms proliferation?
Yes    64 %
No    36 %
Question #2
In your opinion which is the United States biggest future strategic problem?
North Korea    34 %
Iraq    28 %
Iran    04 %
China    24 %
Unsure    10 %
Question #3
In your opinion, which issue should be the top priority of the George W. Bush Whitehouse over the next few years?
Bringing the troops home from Iraq    27 %
Changing the current social security system    23 %
Defending in any manner necessary the strategic defense of the United States    37 %
Nullifying the perceived threat from North Korea    13 %
Question #4
At this point in time would you say that President George W. Bush is the right man for the job at this point in U.S. history?
Yes    53 %
No    45 %
Not Sure    02 %
Commentary
As unfortunate as the incident was, (the picture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his underwear), respondents are NOT inclined to make Iraq the main strategic problem of the United States. Respondents in this survey are of the opinion that the problem is North Korea. Over one-quarter of respondents still believe that Iraq is a problem, it is possible however that the American people know what they are dealing with when it comes to any threat posed by their presence in Iraq.
Nearly as many respondents in this poll see China as much as a threat as Iraq. Some respondents see this as China as an emerging power; some even believe China threatens U.S. hegemony. Other respondents are concerned about China from a strictly economic perspective from taking American jobs to China’s fast growing economy which (if hyper inflation occurs) could fracture and cause problems all over the world. This hypothesis could be supported by the number of respondents who see China as a “future strategic problem” and who support “changing the current social security system” in the United States. Other respondents see China as having its own problems with strategic dealings over Taiwan and somewhat strained relationship with Japan. Some respondents in this survey see previous U.S. foreign policy with North Korea as contemplated in a multi-lateral framework with countries (including China) in the region as something that is not workable and unlikely to achieve success, prompting the higher numbers for bilateral talks in Question #1.
Question #3 poses four (4) respondent choices comprised of three (3) strategic choices and (1) clearly economic choice namely social security. Although twenty-three percent see changing social security as “a top priority” is has not penetrated other issues as a dominant one in the consciousness of American citizens.
Question #3 also provides some insight into the Questions #1 and 2, which relate to the proposal of bilateral talks with North Korea (outside the multilateral framework of regional nations), and North Korea as a security priority in any event. Many respondents that perceive North Korea as a priority problem also are of the opinion that troops should be brought home from Iraq as soon as possible. This could be respondent’s perception of intelligent diplomacy owing to potential military personal shortfalls, or the fact that North Korea is closer to the United States. Does this mean that many Americans see the threat of terrorism as less than compelling that the threat posed from rogue states such as North Korea, or does it mean that respondents can less easily identify with threats that emerge from terrorism than from nation states even after witnessing 9-11?
Many respondents who want the troops home from Iraq, and who want bilateral negotiations with North Korea, are not of the opinion that George W. Bush is the right man for the job. This is not true of most respondents who want U.S. strategic defence protected “in any manner necessary."
All in all this survey is a reasonably good one for U.S. President George W. Bush in his second term. More than half believe he is the right man for the job including some respondents who as mentioned have made certain choices in other question consistent some other respondents who in the final question are not of the opinion that George W. Bush is the right man for the job. The perception is that it is an unstable world from a diplomatic and economic set of circumstances. This poll indicates that
Americans even if they do not know precisely how all the pieces of Strategic Global Agendas fit together, they generally know what they’re priorities are and have the sense that the United States cannot rely too heavily on outside nation groups to solve problems which require U.S. ‘attention’ right now. The developing hypothesis from this poll indicates that despite some persistent and pervasive criticisms of George W. Bush as President he may in fact be building the foundation as a very notable U.S. Leader (Indeed, there are many who are now slowly recognizing that the real King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is Buddy Holly of Lubbock Texas).

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