Polls, glorious polls
And so much more so when they spell bad news for Karl Rove. Here are the latest numbers from a CBS poll. The not-so-good news first. Only 19 percent of those surveyed knew a lot about the special investigation. The most popular response being "some" (35), followed by "nothing (23), and "not much" (22).
Fear not, it gets better, much. The next question: "There is currently a grand jury investigating whether a crime was committed when a CIA officer's identity was revealed to reporters. How important do you think the investigation is to the nation -- of great importance, some importance, or very little importance?" The winner: "great" at 41 percent, followed closely by "some" at 39. "Very little" was picked by a paltry 15 percent.
Yes, the majority of Americans (34 percent) are unsure whether Rove did anything wrong in talking to reporters, but they are overwhelmingly convinced that the White House is "hiding something" (55 percent). Twenty-two percent think the members of the administration are "mostly lying," while 12 percent believe they're hearing the "entire truth" -- and also that Santa Claus really exists.
Saving the best for the last, 52 percent believe that "someone in the Bush Administration was responsible for leaking the CIA officer's identity to reporters." We all can guess what the breakdown looks like among Democrats, but here's where the Republicans stand: 37 percent "no"; 34 percent "unsure"; and 29 percent "yes". The independents, however, seem to have made up their minds: 60 percent "yes"; 25 percent "unsure"; 15 percent "no".
[LINK Via Left Coaster]