On one hand, SurveyUSA’s finding that a plurality of Americans think we are losing the war on terror (45% think terrorists are winning, 41% think we are, 2.4% MoE) is bad. So is the finding that a quarter of the respondents think it’s time for a draft.
But I suppose there’s a silver lining in the observation that 60% of people disapprove of the way the President is handling that war. After all, if they approved and thought we were losing, it’s hard to know how we’d turn things around.
I do find it deeply disturbing that 62% of the respondents think we are headed towards or already engaged in World War III, and that a majority of the public sees the occupation of Iraq as a front in the war on terror. It just isn’t and never was.
The most interesting questions in the polls was:
“Do you think it is ever acceptable for one nation to declare war on a religion?”
Only 12% thought it was.
The bad news: 27% think we will be at war with Islam in 5 years, and 31% think we are at war with the Muslim religion right now.
Very bad. Very, very bad. This why we are losing the war, because too many people think we are fighting a religion rather than a political ideology. We need to be fighting the poverty that draws people into radical movements, not worrying about how people pray.