Kristol claimed "the country's evenly divided" on Bush foreign policy, but polls indicate otherwise


On the May 29 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol baselessly asserted that the American public is "evenly divided" on President Bush's foreign policy. Discussing John R. Bolton, Bush's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Kristol said: "Bolton stands for Bush's foreign policy, which is controversial in the country. And the country's evenly divided on it." In fact, three recent polls indicate that most Americans disapprove of Bush's foreign policy.

A Gallup poll (registration required) conducted May 20-22 determined that 51 percent of respondents disapproved of "the way George W. Bush is handling foreign affairs," while 44 percent approved. Similarly, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted May 11-15, found that 38 percent of respondents approved of the way Bush is "handling the nation's foreign policy" compared to 46 percent who disapproved. Finally, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted May 12-16 found that 52 percent opposed how Bush is "handling our foreign policy" and 42 percent approved of it.

While the Gallup result was within the poll's margin of error (+/- 5 percentage points), the Pew result was at its outer limit (+/- 4 points) and the Wall Street Journal/NBC result was well outside of it (+/- 3.1 points).

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