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Pulse of the Nations V:European Poll Review

by ManfromMiddletown Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 06:37:19 AM EST

Know that you can, want that you might
leave you fears outside
paint your face the color of hope
touch the the future with you heart

It's better to get yourself lost than never go
better to go ahead than leave it to chance
although you see now that it's not so easy to start.

Know that the impossible can pass
that the sadness will some day go away
and so life changes and will change.

Feel your soul soar
to sing it one more time.

Color Esperenza, Diego Torres

Last Pulse of the Nations.


Poll
How old are you?
. Less than 18 0%
. 18-25 11%
. 25-34 42%
. 35-44 23%
. 45-54 11%
. 55-64 11%
. 65 or older. 0%

Votes: 26
Results | Other Polls
Display:


And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:38:39 PM EST
Labour will lose next ballot, say Britons

Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Labour is heading for defeat at the next general election

Agree      59%

Disagree   33%

Don't know  7%

There is no point in Tony Blair staying on as prime minister beyond Christmas.

Agree      57%

Disagree   34%

Don't know  9%

Source: Communicate Research Methodology: Interviews
with 1,013 British adults, conducted on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:43:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Four-in-Ten Britons Urge Blair to Quit Now

When do you think Tony Blair should stand down as prime minister?

Now                                      42%

Before the local council,
Scottish Parliament                      12%
and Welsh Assembly
elections next May

Before the Labour Party
conference in September                   8%
next year

He should stay on for a
full term as he said he                   20%
would but not stand in
the next general election                

He should stay on and fight the
next general election in 2009             18%

Source: ICM Research
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,029 British adults, conducted from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

Ouch!  Do the British say "and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out" also?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:44:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
They say "please let the door hit your arse on the way out".

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 04:10:02 AM EST
[ Parent ]
What makes me sick is that there are still 38% true-believers. Most of these must be NOT Tories. Labour's current voter base is something scary.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:03:19 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Britons Divided on Brown's Capabilities

Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

At the Labour conference this week, Gordon Brown has shown he has what it takes to be prime minister.

Agree              36%

Disagree           48%

David Cameron would make a better prime minister than Gordon Brown.

Agree              54%

Disagree           41%

Source: Populus
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,011 British adults, conducted on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:15:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Labour Gets Conference Bounce in Britain

The opposition Conservative party is holding on to a slim lead in Britain, according to a poll by ICM Research. 36 per cent of respondents would support the Tories in the next House of Commons election.

The governing Labour party is a close second with 35 per cent, followed by the Liberal Democrats with 19 per cent. 11 per cent of respondents would vote for other parties. Support for the Tories fell by one point since mid-September, while backing for Labour increased by two points.

Okay, Labour's symbol is clearly a rose, and the Lib Dems clearly have a Dove, but what the hell precisely is the symbol that the Conservatives are using.  It looks a lot like a sailboat... will I guess everyone in Britain has a sailboat.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:20:42 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The Tory symbol was a stylised torch. However in the past few weeks Cameron has replaced it with a scribble of an oak tree. You can see the image of the new logo in the Wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservative_Party_%28UK%29

The Liberal Democrat symbol is called the bird of liberty and was once derided by Mrs Thatcher as a dead parrot. Obviously her speechwriter was a Monty Python fan.

The Labour Party used to have a red flag logo, but that was thought to be a bit left wing, so the red rose replaced it.

I suppose the parties provide some work for graphic designers.

by Gary J on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:14:50 PM EST
[ Parent ]
The red rose is the symbol of most European Social Democrat parties, isn't it?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 04:08:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The flower used depends on geography. In some places, it's a red carnation.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:58:34 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Labour still ahead in Netherlands

The opposition Labour Party (PvdA) could become the largest political organization in the Dutch Second Chamber, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. The survey suggests that the PvDA, led by Wouter Bos, would secure 43 mandates in this year's election to the Second Chamber.

The Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) is second with 38 seats, followed by the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with 31 seats, and the Socialist Party (SP) with 16 seats. Six other political organizations would send legislators to the Second Chamber.

The poll shows a one-seat drop for both the PvdA and the SP, while support for the VVD increased for the fourth consecutive week.

Another Bush ally falls, another brick in the wall.


And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:47:35 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Dutch Election Close as CDA Gains

The opposition Labour Party (PvdA) is holding on to a slim lead in the Netherlands, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. The survey suggests that the PvDA, led by Wouter Bos, would secure 42 mandates in this year's election to the Second Chamber.

The Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) is second with 41 seats, followed by the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) with 29 seats, and the Socialist Party (SP) with 18 seats. Six other political organizations would send legislators to the Second Chamber.

The poll shows a three-seat gain for the CDA, while support for the PvdA fell for the fourth consecutive week.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:41:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
As always, Anglo-Saxon reporting focusing on the relative size of the two largest parties in a proportional system. That will matter though if only a grand coalition is viable. Currently, all left parties and the two centre-right ones are below majority, while potential extra partners are dwarfs, so either another 'strange coalition' of 2+ parties, or a grand coalition shall come.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:52:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
War in Afghanistan Rejected in Britain

Do you support or oppose the British military operation in Afghanistan?

Support     31%
Oppose      53%
Refused      3%
Don't know  14%

Source: ICM Research / BBC News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,011 British
adults, conducted from Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

Note this question is in reference to British participation in Afghanistan not in Iraq.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:53:47 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Zapatero Regarded as Best World Leader

In your opinion, which of the following leaders is doing the best job?


           All   BRI    FRA   ITA    ESP

Zapatero   14%    2%    14%   19%    31%

Merkel     13%    7%    15%   13%    13%

Blair      7%     15%   6%    9%      3%

Chirac     5%     4%    12%   2%      2%

Bush       4%     4%    2%    10%     2%

Prodi      4%     1%    2%    13%     2%

Putin      2%     3%    1%    2%      --

Barroso    1%     1%    2%    1%      1%

None       49%    62%   46%   31%     47%

Source: Harris Interactive / Financial Times

Methodology: Online interviews with 1,019 adults in Britain, 1,033 adults in France, 1,048 adults in Germany,
1,054 adults in Italy and 1,020 adults in Spain, conducted from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Hmm... Zapatero and Merkel neck to neck, it's almost as though Europe favors some sort of social model.  

And what the hell is wrong with the Italians, 10% for Bush?  That's almost as good as his numbers in the United States.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:08:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Steady Approval for Zapatero, Rajoy in Spain

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as president?

              Sept. 28     Sept. 13   Aug. 31

Approve         51.8%      51.4%      49.9%

Disapprove      40.7%      41.9%      41.9%

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of Mariano Rajoy as opposition leader?

            Sept. 28      Sept. 13    Aug. 31

Approve      31.2%          31.4%      30.5%

Disapprove   60.8%          62.4%      63.4%

Source: Instituto Opina / Cadena Ser
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000  
Spanish adults, conducted on Sept. 28, 2006.
Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:51:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Zapatero president, Rajoy with approval?...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:40:52 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Spaniards Gloomy on ETA Peace Process

Seven months have passed since Basque Motherland and Liberty (ETA) announced its ceasefire. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the peace process?

              Sept. 2006    Aug. 2006

Optimistic       39.4%         49.0%

Pessimistic      53.0%          39.3%

Source: Instituto Opina / Cadena Ser
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 Spanish adults, conducted on Sept. 28, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Unless Zapatero is able to push through reforms that legalize Batasuna, this is never going to end.  ETA will embrace the bullet because Batasuna was denied the ballot, and the Spanish government will deny Batasuna the ballot because ETA embraced the bullet.  Will this ever end?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:13:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Yes, Batasuna needs to condemn violence and register as a legal political party.

It is not politically feasible right now to repeal the guilt-by-association Article 9 of the Law of Political Parties.

By the way, the controversy o ver March 11 keeps heating up. The Police Union has attacked the king of right-wing talk radio [who thinks calling an investigative judge a Nazi is a pinch by a nun (sic)] for his insinuations that the police was complicit in the attacks. As they say on Escolar, one would have thought the day would never come that the far right and the police would be at loggerheads.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 04:07:31 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Socialists Lead, Popular Party Down in Spain

The governing Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE) is holding on to first place in Spain, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 43 per cent of respondents would support the PSOE in the next general election, while 37 per cent would vote for the opposition conservative Popular Party (PP).



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:23:21 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Not many Britons seem to like any foreign leader...

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 06:36:48 AM EST
[ Parent ]
The British press make for a media environment that is toxic to understanding the acheivements of left-ish foreign leaders. So, Zapatero loses out...

The only other outlier compared to other countries is Merkel, who has some popularity in France, Spain and Italy (every country contains a bump for their own leader.)

This could be explained by British press prejudice, but it could also be that Merkel hasn't been that impressive. Let's face it, if you ask the question "Best World Leader" do any of the candidates have that impressive a persona at the moment?

Zapatero gets plus points from me because I agree with some of his "lefty" policies and I think he has done some important and difficult things with regard to the ETA peace process. Still, I'd have a temptation to vote for "none of the above."

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 07:48:06 AM EST
[ Parent ]
For the same reason Americans don't either.

What do you mean they don't speak English?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 01:12:27 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Zapatero and Merkel neck to neck, it's almost as though Europe favors some sort of social model.

Hmmm, Zapatero is a Socialist party leader with programme which is leftist in a significant part, Merkel had a neoliberal programme which she was forced to throw out.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:45:04 AM EST
[ Parent ]
But Merkel, hasn't been able to attack the social state. So in either case supporting the leader doesn't entail attacking the social state.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 01:14:30 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Prodi Government Splits Opinions in Italy

Overall, how would you rate the performance of Romano Prodi's government?

Very good       29%

Somewhat good   16%

Somewhat bad    16%

Very bad        32%

Source: Ipsos Public Affairs
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000
Italian adults, conducted on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26,
2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:15:09 PM EST
[ Parent ]
prodi lost a lot of respect for the get-out-of-jail-free card he just gave to a bunch of whitecollar criminals.
as did scanion for supporting it.

here's a country with a green party environment minister and sweet fanny adams to show for it.
sigh

where they found 10% bush supporters, maybe lega nord-land?

shocking...

i don't think prodi was voted in to be popular, more to get italy back from the control of a megalomaniac buffoon, who if he were put behind bars, might raise prodi's ratings quite a bit!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Oct 19th, 2006 at 01:31:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Christian Democrats fall in Germany

Support for the Christian-Democratic Union
(CDU) and the Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU)
dropped in Germany, according to a poll by FG Wahlen
released by ZDF. 33 per cent of respondents would
support either party in the next election to the
Federal Diet, down four points since July.

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is second with 31 per
cent, followed by the Free Democratic Party (FDP) with
13 per cent, the Green Party (Grune) with nine per
cent, and the Left Party (Linke) with seven per
cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:18:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Denmark Looks Back at Cartoon Controversy

What is your view on the decision to publish the cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed?

It was correct to publish the drawings         59%

The drawings should have never been published  38%

Not sure                                       9%

Source: Ramboell Management / Jyllands-Posten
Methodology: Interviews with 1,041 Dane adults, conducted from Sept. 4
to Sept. 7, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:20:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Czechs Disappointed with Political Problems

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the current political situation?

              Sept. 2006      May 2006

Satisfied         9%             17%

Dissatisfied      61%            46%

Neither           25%            32%

Source: CVVM
Methodology: Interviews with 835 Czech adults, conducted in September 2006. No margin of error was
provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:23:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Socialist  Parvanov Headed for Victory in Bulgaria

Georgi Parvanov remains the clear frontrunner in Bulgaria's presidential election, according to a poll by Gallup. 47.5 per cent of respondents would support the incumbent in this year's ballot.

Volen Siderov of the nationalist Ataka (Attack) party is second with 14.4 per cent, followed by Constitutional Court chairman Nedelcho Beronov with 9.5 per cent. The list of registered contenders also includes former constitutional judge Georgi Markov, deputy parliament speaker Petar Beron, former army chief of staff Lyuben Petrov, and nationalist Grigor Velev.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:26:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Civic Platform Favoured in Polish Politics

The opposition centre-right Civic Platform (PO) is the most popular political party in Poland, according to a poll by GFK released by TVN. 36 per cent of respondents in the European nation would vote for the PO in a new legislative election.

The governing Law and Justice Party (PiS) is second with 20 per cent, followed by a coalition of centre-left parties which includes the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) with nine per cent, and the Self-Defence of the Polish Republic (SRP) with six per cent. Support is lower for the Peasant's Party (PSL) and the League of Polish Families (LPR).




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:28:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Lithuanians Wary of Their Own Politicians

How many legislators do you think are honest?

None of them            17%

Less than 10 per cent   49%

10 to 30 per cent       23%

30 to 90 per cent       9%

All of them             2%

Source: Fonitel
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 500 Lithuanian adults, conducted in August 2006. No margin of error was provided.

Since when were the Balts such optimists?

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:31:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Royal Holds Slight Edge in French Ballot

Among the following candidates, for whom would there be the most chances
than you vote with the first turn of the presidential election?

               Sept. 2006   Jun. 2006   May 2006

Ségolène Royal       31%            30%       33%

Nicolas Sarkozy      30%            32%       32%

Jean-Marie Le Pen    15%            15%       13%

François Bayrou      6%             5%        5%

Olivier Besancenot   5%             6%        5%

Arlette Laguiller    4%             3%        4%

Philippe de Villiers 3%             3%        3%

Marie-George Buffet  3%             3%        3%

Dominique Voynet     3%             3%        2%

Run-Off Scenario

                    Sept. 2006   Jun. 2006  May 2006

Ségolène Royal        52%           51%       53%

Nicolas Sarkozy       48%           49%       47%

Source: CSA / Le Bleu de Profession Politique
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 907 French adults, conducted on
Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:37:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Better Rating for Top French Politicians

Do you have confidence in president Jacques Chirac to face the country's current problems?

               Sept. 2006   Aug. 2006 Jul. 2006

Confidence         40%       38%        37%

No confidence      55%       57%        56%

Do you have confidence in prime minister Dominique de Villepin to face the country's current problems?

                  Sept. 2006  Aug. 2006   Jul. 2006

Confidence            32%         29%      30%

No confidence         62%         64%      64%

Source: CSA / France Info
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 975 French adults, conducted on Sept. 27, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:06:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Irish Willing to Forgive PM Ahern

On Sept. 26, Ahern admitted he received more than $63,000 U.S. in personal donations and gifts, at the time of his marital separation. The prime minister denied breaking any law, adding, "I was beholden to none of them and they were not beholden to me. It was a debt of honour that I would repay in full, and I would pay the interest on it. I have not paid any back because they refused to take it. I think they will now."

On Oct. 3, Ahern apologized for the situation in a 15-minute speech, saying, "It was not illegal or impermissible to have done what I did. But I now regret the choices I made during dark and difficult times."

........

Should Bertie Ahern resign?

Yes          32%

No           61%

No opinion   7%

Source: ICM Research
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,014 Irish adults, conducted on Sept. 28, 2006. Margin of error is 4 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 05:56:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Political Crisis Divides Hungarian Views

Which solution would you prefer for the current political crisis?

PM Gyurcsany should stay in his post              27%

Early elections should be held                    21%

The ruling coalition should replace Gyurcsany     17%

An interim government should take over            17%

Not sure                                          18%

Source: Median / Nepszabadsag
Methodology: Interviews with 600 Hungarian adults,
conducted on Oct. 3, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:00:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
I posted this already in my last Hungary diary.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:23:24 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ukrainians Would Reject NATO in Referendum

How would you vote if a referendum on
Ukraine's accession into the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) took place this Sunday?

Support            18.2%

Oppose             60.9%

No opinion         20.9%

Source: Razumkov Center
Methodology: Interviews with 2,005 Ukrainian adults,
conducted from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 2006. Margin of
error is 2.3 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:03:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Alliance for Justice and Truth Leads in Romania

Support for the governing Alliance for Justice and Truth (DA) increased this month in Romania, according to a poll by CURS. 45 per cent of respondents would vote for the coalition of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Party (PD) in the next legislative election, up two points since July.

The Social Democratic Party (PSD) is second with 22 per cent, followed by the Party of Great Romania (PRM) with 13 per cent, the New Generation Party (PNG) with six per cent, and the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (UDMR) with five per cent. Support is lower for the Conservative Party (PC), the National Initiative Party (PIN), and the Democratic National Peasant Party (PNTCD).



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:25:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
PRM is the far-right party (very rabid, extreme even for the European far-right 'norm'). PNL is conservative-liberal. PSD is post-reformed-communist, of the uglier kind (Iliescu's party). PNG is the one-man party of a businessman-turned-populist.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:30:13 AM EST
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Russians Praise Putin's Performance

Would you say Vladimir Putin's administration has been positive or negative in these areas?

                                Positive   Negative

International relations            62%        7%

Quality of Life                     61%       12%

The situation in Chechnya          54%        9%

The possibility to earn money      45%        19%

Defence capabilities               44%        11%

The social situation               39%        21%

Source: All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted on Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, 2006. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:52:55 PM EST
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Medvedev Gains, But Many Russians Undecided

If the following candidates participated in the 2008 presidential election, who would you vote for?

                       Sept. 2006      Aug. 2006

Dmitry Medvedev          14%            10%

Gennady Zyuganov          9%             8%

Vladimir Zhirinovsky      8%            10%

Sergei Ivanov             6%             8%

Vladimir Ryzhkov          4%            2%

Sergei Glazyev            3%            5%

Grigory Yavlinsky         2%            2%

Mikhail Kasyanov          2%            1%

Dmitri Rogozin            1%            2%

Would not vote            26%           29%

Hard to answer            27%           22%

Source: Yury Levada Analytical Center
Methodology: Interviews to 1,600 Russian adults, conducted from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, 2006. No margin of error was provided.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:56:25 PM EST
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Polls and candidates previously discussed by FarEasterner and blackhawk here.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:34:58 AM EST
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And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:38:59 PM EST
Canadians and Americans Review Afghan Mission

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? - Canada's combat role in Afghanistan is vital to the future of the region, and they should stay there until they get the job done.

                    Canada      U.S.

Very much agree       19%       18%

Somewhat agree        29%       48%

Somewhat disagree     26%       26%

Very much disagree    25%       9%

Source: Ipsos-Reid / Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars / Canada Institute on North American Issues
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,173 adult Canadians and 1,038 adult Americans, conducted from Sept. 21 to Sept. 26, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

It almost looks as though Canadians are tiring of their presence in Afghanistan as well.  This can't be good for the long term success of the NATO mission there.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:34:02 PM EST
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Afghanistan a Lost Cause for Canadians

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? - Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are dying for a cause we cannot win.

Agree            59%

Disagree         34%

Not sure          7%

Source: Decima Research / Canadian Press
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 2,038 Canadian adults, conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 18, 2006. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

This is very bad, the US is depending on foreign support to keep Afghanistan.  It would be ironic painfully so, if the US was forced to flee Afganistan before pulling out of Iraq becaue the Allies don't suport the mission.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:46:37 PM EST
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Americans Urge for Action on Oil Imports

Do you think it is very important that the United States become less dependent on oil imports?

Yes            73%

No              5%

What is more important, conserving energy or developing new sources of energy?

Developing new sources of energy    71%

Conserving energy                   21%

Source: Rasmussen Reports
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 American adults, conducted on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

This one is for Jerome.  I guess the meaning depends on what is meant by developing new sources of energy.  Does that mean building windmills and ethanol plants, or drilling for oil in the Great Lakes.  (Yes, that has been discussed.)

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:37:38 PM EST
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It means don't bother me, someone else should act!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:11:17 AM EST
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Americans Question Link Between Iraq and Safety

Do you think that America's safety from terrorism depends upon our success in the war in Iraq, or does it not depend upon our success in the war in Iraq?

Depends           37%

Does not depend   57%

Not sure          6%

Do you think Iraq is in a civil war, or do you think Iraq is not in a civil war?

Iraq is in a civil war       61%

Iraq is not in a civil war   29%

Not sure                     10%

Do you think the war in Iraq is helping the United States in its ability to win the war on terrorism, hurting the United States in its ability to win the war on terrorism, or not making a difference either way in the war on terrorism?

Helping the U.S.           32%

Hurting the U.S.           46%

Not making a difference    19%

Not sure                   3%

Source: Hart/McInturff / The Wall Street Journal / NBC News
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 805 registered American voters, conducted from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, won't get fooled again.......

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:42:33 PM EST
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Fox Keeps Stable Numbers in Mexico

In general, do you approve or disapprove of Vicente Fox's performance as president?

          Sept. 2006 Aug. 2005 Aug. 2004

Approve       55%      55%      51%

Disapprove    22%      23%      23%

Source: Parametría
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,000 Mexican adults, conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 06:49:11 PM EST
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Good Numbers for New PM Abe in Japan

Do you approve of disapprove of Shinzo Abe's cabinet?

Approve            70.4%

Disapprove         14.2%

Source: Yomiuri
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 946 Japanese adults, conducted on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, 2006. No margin of error was provided.

This is good.  The last thing that is needed in Northeast Asia with Kim Jong Il playing nuclear brinksmanship is a Japanese leader who feels the need to prove himself militarily.  Especially in the wake of what happened when Olmert tried to prove himself in Lebanon.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:00:00 PM EST
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I'm a bit sceptical. Japanese politics is still not exactly about pleasing the masses, the masses are expected to vote for the right elderman. If Abe Shinzo feels the need to prove himself to other potentates, then we have a problem. Since he has the record of a fiery nationalist who has spoken about military strength before, I think we do have a problem (though unclear how serious).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:08:47 AM EST
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Now that they North Koreans have tested a nuclear weapon, I guess we get to see how Japan reacts. I highly suspect that the whole neighborhood is going to go nuclear. (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan)  And we all though that the end of the Cold War ended the threat of nuclear war....  

Yet, we have 4 potential new nuclear states in the last week from this.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 01:22:54 PM EST
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I read somewhere years ago that Japan allegedly had a secret nuke development programme, which enables it to build a bomb from the second the government decides they shall turn nuclear power, so indeed this could be it. (I wonder though if anyone better versed in these matters, like Pierre or our Japan contingent, knows anything about this.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 02:33:42 PM EST
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Palestinians Split Over Suicide Bombings

How do you feel about the suicide bombings operations against Israeli civilians? Do you strongly support it, somewhat support it, somewhat oppose it or strongly oppose it?

Strongly support          22.5%

Somewhat support          25.5%

Somewhat oppose           32.1%

Strongly oppose           17.8%

Do you support the resumption of the military operations against Israeli targets as a suitable response within the current political conditions, or do you reject them and find them harmful to the Palestinian national interests?

Suitable response       43.1%

I reject them           53.2%

Source: Jerusalem Media & Communication Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,200 adults in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, conducted from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.




And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:02:20 PM EST
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Many Israelis Fear Iran, Feel Threatened

Do you fear for the very existence of the State of Israel?

Yes         54%

No          45%

What do you think is the most dangerous threat for the State of Israel today?

                             2006    1997

Iran                         54%     31%

Palestinians / Hamas         8%      29%

Hezbollah                    7%      13%

Syria                        7%      13%

Ourselves                    7%      --

Other Arab states            3%     2%

Source: Teleseker / Maariv
Methodology: Interviews with 500 Israeli adults, conducted on Sept. 29, 2006. Margin of error is 4.3 per cent.



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:10:48 PM EST
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Your poll is sickeningly age-ist on both ends of the scale.
by asdf on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 07:38:53 PM EST
I stuck with standard practice, most polls will use age cohorts from 18-65, and place the ages above and below that into a less than and more than option.  Generally age forms a bell curve.

I don't think we have anyone less than 18 here, nor do I believe that we have more than a few that are more than 65.  I can only think of of 1 or 2 who might be older than 65.  How old is Fran?  I thought she was in her 50's.  Everyone else pretty much falls in the 20-50 category.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:40:24 PM EST
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