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Sunday, December 21, 2003


no safer

posted by Aziz P. at Sunday, December 21, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
a new poll reveals that the general public agrees with Dean that America is no safer after Saddam's capture:

Dean has been a vociferous critic of the Iraq war. Most voters believe, as Dean does, that the U.S. is no safer from terror in the wake of the arrest of Saddam Hussein. And while Dean’s rise may have been helped along by former Vice-President Al Gore’s recent endorsement, most primary voters say Gore’s nod makes no difference to them.

Dean has the backing of 23 percent of likely primary voters, the same as he did in the days just prior to Saddam's capture, and up from 14 percent in November. His nearest rivals today are Wesley Clark and Joe Lieberman, both at 10 percent.

Democratic primary voters 22%
All voters 17%

Still the same:
Democratic primary voters 63%
All voters] 61%

Democratic primary voters 13%
All voters 18%

Looks like the Department of Homeland Security also agrees with Dean - the terror threat alert level is being raised to mango peach.


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