CBS Highlights Most Want “Timetable,” But Skip How Most See Pullout as “Disaster”

<img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="/media/2005-12-07-CBSENpoll.jpg" />While <i>CBS Evening News</i> anchor Bob Schieffer on Wednesday night highlighted how, in a fresh CBS News/<i>New York Times</i> poll, President Bush’s approval rating has risen five points since October, he pointed out just one other survey finding -- one which matched a Democratic agenda item -- that “58 percent of those questioned said the U.S. should set a timetable for troop withdrawal; 39 percent said no.” But Schieffer skipped how the survey also discovered that the public agrees with Bush and rejects the policy urged by Congressman John Murtha and left-wingers, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DNC Chairman Howard Dean. As reported in the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/12/07/opinion/polls/main1107196.shtm... summary of the poll</a>: “Six in 10 say they would agree with President Bush’s statement that removing U.S. troops from Iraq now would be ‘a recipe for disaster.’&quot; Specifically, 61 percent responded “yes” compared to 34 percent who replied with a “no” -- a nearly two-to-one ratio. (Transcript follows.)<br /><br />Over graphics with the poll numbers, Bob Schieffer announced on the December 7 <i>CBS Evening News</i>:<br /><br />“Now to Iraq, and President Bush's campaign to bolster Americans' support for the war. A new CBS News/<i>New York Times</i> poll shows that, so far anyway, the President is not making much headway. On the question of bringing the troops home, 58 percent of those questioned said the U.S. should set a timetable for troop withdrawal; 39 percent said no. Still, the President is getting a better grade on his overall job performance. He's now rated at 40 percent approving now, up from 35 percent in October, 53 percent still disapprove. We have more on the President and the war now, from John Roberts.”<br /><br />Roberts then began his story on President Bush’s admission of setback in the reconstruction effort: “There's another poll number the White House is worried about. Only a third of Americans think President Bush is accurately describing what's going on in Iraq....”

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center