Had a fairly strong deja vu while reading this today:
A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows that 48% of Americans approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president. But when the poll-takers asked respondents if they approved or disapproved of the way President Bush is handling six specific issues, the results weren't as good.
This reminds me of the West Wing where Josh gets some poll results on Foreign Aid, and for the whole episode he keeps repeating (I'm paraphrasing):
68% think we spend to much on foreign aid, and 59% want to see it cut.
When he's asked about it later in the episode:
Will: "You like that stat?"
Josh: "I do."
Josh: "Because nine percent think it's too high and shouldn't be cut. Nine percent of respondents could not fully get their arms around the question. There should be another box you can check for, 'I have utterly no idea what you're talking about. Please, God, don't ask for my input'."
There were respondents to this USA TODAY poll that didn't approve of the President's job performance in any category, and yet approved of his performance overall? Do we really judge the chief executive of the most powerful nation on earth by how much we like him personally?