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AMERICAN PIE-Should Bush and Blair turn Africa Boomtown?
  Jun 06, 2005

This is a digit dialing of 1,040 respondents throughout the continental United States between June 3rd and 7th, 2005. This survey features a margin of error of approximately 3.75%, 18 times out of 20, @ 97% competency. Methodology-data was segregated into four calling areas throughout the United States and than averaged through median and mean average, than segregated into subsets of polls within those four regions and averaged though median and mean average. The total of all median and mean averages were averaged into median and mean average, totaled and mean averaged for a final number.

Question #1
Politically, how would you describe yourself?
Republican    44 %
Democrat    41 %
Independent    15 %
Question #2
Who in your opinion would make the BETTER President of the United States in 2008?
Republican Governor Jeb Bush    39 %
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton    34 %
Neither    27 %
Question #3
Does the Canadian government’s foreign policy impact on your views of the relative merits of U.S. foreign policy?
Yes, sometimes    07 %
No, not really    93 %
Question #4
In your opinion should U.S. President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress take steps to formulate an initiative to encourage all industrialized nations in the world to forgive ALL third world debt in an effort to stamp out poverty in the third World?
Yes    47 %
No    51 %
Unsure    02 %
Commentary
U.S. respondents took an unusually positive approach to answering Question #2 as to ‘who would make the BETTER President of the United States’. Respondents laughed and giggled when offered the choices but they made a decision. As might have been expected Hillary Clinton was much stronger up north, while Jeb Bush did reasonably well all round. There was a narrow statistical difference in the loyalty of support between choices and associated political parties.
Those respondents who answered “neither” in Question #2 were a little more vociferous in their declaration that they would not choose Hillary Clinton than Jeb Bush, but as premature as the question was relative to any campaign for the 2008 Presidency we were surprised at the interest respondents took in comparing these two choices. A day in American politics is a lifetime virtually everywhere else, but when you are just ‘a little old country polling firm’ like ROBBINS with a penchant for accuracy in polling, maybe we’re on to what Ed Sullivan called ‘a really big shoee” featuring another Bush and another Clinton. Political junkies have got to love this! It was definitely a worthwhile polling question.
According to this poll, a Canadian political leader would likely have to fly an airplane into the White House to have any real impact on U.S. foreign policy. Sad to say, the respondents in this poll were as polite as they could be, but have little or no interest in Canadian foreign policy WHEN RELATING IT TO THEIR OWN. If you want President Bush’s help on a campaign to exonerate third world debt you had better sign on Sir Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones to the “One” campaign. Once that is done you’ll likely get some political “Satisfaction”.
Respondents from all political persuasions were VERY thoughtful about Question #4. Republicans were slightly more inclined to answer “no” however ROBBINS callers do not believe this difference is any more than Conservatives acting ‘in a conservative manner’ when they don’t have enough information to make an informed choice. The resistance against this proposal (notwithstanding the percentage outcome) was not what we had anticipated going into the poll. Political magistrates like John McCain, Bill Clinton, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and former Senator Bob Dole would be helpful in bringing the issue to mainstream America, while the Rock’N’Rollers like Bono, and Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt will bring this to the attention of younger people. The ROBBINS Group is in for sure if the Boomtown Group can get Eastwood and Hackman to sign on.
On the other hand, if the case for clearing off debt in Africa is NOT made than according to this poll, the American people will ultimately say “NO”, no matter the results of this poll, given that many who answered “yes” were a little dubious about the proposal in the question. A significant part of the “yes” answers had to do more with an attitude of “in for a penny in for a pound” and this is not the foundation of thinking that the promoters of this policy will require to make it a global success, rather than a successful political-emotional construct, and if the campaign is going to be successful it had better be now. It is unlikely that this effort will become any more than a media operation and AIDS like campaign from the 1980’s, (not that that effort wasn’t a huge success) if the American people are not brought on side and soon. Arguments have been going to and fro on the issue of debt forgiveness, and as difficult as it is to imagine anyone saying “no” to tens of millions of starving people including children in 2005, there are some pretty lousy leaders that emerge in third world politics who don’t make these campaigns any easier.

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