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Bush is beleaguered, Cheney is on the way out and the GOP look set to lose at least one house in November. But watch out for a bigger Pentagon

By Tumbler   April 2006

Bush’s intensity gap After the credibility gap comes the intensity gap, courtesy of the opinion pollsters who have found yet another way to sell their statistics. This one, based on the difference between the questions “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree,” seems quite useful. In the mid-term elections of 2002 and the presidential election of 2004, the Republicans benefited from the large numbers of supporters who said, in the patriotic fervour that followed 9/11, that they strongly supported the president. This gave Bush a powerful cohort of committed voters, while the Democrats were stuck with more of the “somewhat agrees.” But…

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