Apples to Apples
In response to a previous post, where I listed the one word descriptions of George Bush from the latest Pew Research Survey, I was double-dared to post Bill Clinton's results from the same survey, in an effort to prove that Bill Clinton was thought less of/disliked/hated as much as George Bush. But what it does instead is remind us of the much higher measure of scrutiny and exploration Clinton's marital ethics received, compared to Bush's actions and the consequences that affect us all; and show us that a President's personal life is nothing compared to two failed wars, a corruption scandal, and trillions of dollars of debt.
July 1996: Out of 610 responses, 33 said Good, 20 Wishy-Washy, 18 Okay, 18 Dishonest, 17 Liar.
August 1998: Out of 503 responses, 42 Liar, 18 Dishonest, 13 Good, 12 Untrustworthy, 10 Good President.
However, to the question, "Do you approve or disapprove of Bill Clinton's handling of his job as President?", the responses were these:
July 1996: 54% job approval
August 1998: 62% job approval
In contrast, Bush's approval numbers taken during the aforementioned survey were:
February 2005: 50% job approval
July 2005: 44% job approval
March 2006: 33% job approval
So take from this what you will. It seems to me that while people didn't like Clinton personally, for committing adultery (as if men have always held other men responsible for their wedding vows), they basically believed that he was doing a good job of steering the ship, paying the bills, and building our economy.
People not only don't like Bush personally, for all the lies, arrogance and greed; they don't like him professionally either. He's wrecked the ship, he's not paying the bills, and he's destroying our economy. He has taken us into war twice, neither objective attained, thousands and thousands dead and maimed. Jobs are moving out of this country faster and faster and the future looks quite bleak after 5 years of Republican stewardship.
Just as Republicans lamented, after exposing Clinton's secrets to the whole world during the Lewinsky scandal, I can't help but wonder, "What will we tell the children" now?