Polls

From Scout:

Here’s an interesting question from the most recent CBS News poll on terrorism….

“During wartime, some presidents have either received or assumed special war powers, which give the president more authority to act independently when he feels it is necessary. In the current campaign against terrorism, is it a good idea or a bad idea for the president to have the authority to make changes in the rights usually guaranteed by the Constitution?”

………………..Good Idea…….Bad Idea…..Uncertain

1/2006……………36%………….57%………….7%

12/2001…………..64%…………29%………….7%

That is almost a complete reversal in opinion. Perhaps it reflects the lessening of initial fears since 9/11 or people realizing what changing authority can look like in view of the NSA spying on Americans or both. But it appears Americans have gained some perspective. Given Bush’s speech yesterday I don’t think he is on the same page….. one would think it was 9/12/2001.