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I'd like to take a short poll, just four questions actually, but it's important you are clear about what I am asking.

President Bush has been more than slightly unpopular in the media, in the job opinion polling, and in just about every conversation involving the "I Should Be POTUS" crowd. Got it, no need to revisit that for here.

But what about the man himself? Do you like President George W. Bush?

For question 2, how about respect? Whether or not you agree with him or his position on the issues, do you respect the man?

For question 3, is there anyone among the candidates running for President whom you find especially likable? Again, not whether you agree with them on an issue or would even vote for them, but just do you like that person?

For question 4, how about respect? Are there any candidates, whether or not you agree with them, that you personally respect?

Thanks.


Comments (56)

Q3: Fred, Rudy, Barry. All... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Q3: Fred, Rudy, Barry. All very likeable chaps.

I suppose I should answer t... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

I suppose I should answer them all:
Q1 yes
Q2 yes

Q4 McCain, Fred


btw, I won't ever vote for Barry or McCain. Probably would not vote for Rudy.

Yes, I find President Bush ... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Yes, I find President Bush likeable as a person and would enjoy time with him. I respect him as holder of the presidency, for his conviction to his beliefs(moral and political), and for his plain spoken stance against islamist worldwide. I do not respect the job he has done on immigration control and border security. I find Fred Thompson likeable; he has a down-home, Will Rogers style that gets to the meat of the matter quickly. I agree with the views I have heard or read from him, and have respect for the positions he has given himself to over the years. I believe Fred would give America a better chance to have a stateman and patriot in the Oval Office than the other candidates running.

Use your head! Vote for Fred!

1 - no - all perso... (Below threshold)
Rob:

1 - no - all personal glimpses i've gotten of him have shown him to be a rather snarky wiseass and i find that obnoxious

2 - no - sorrry DJ, but you have to consider issues when discussing respect for a guy you don't know personally. dubai ports, abandoning the base on immigration, harriet meiers, overspending. Either he's a guy of weak principles, subject to constant manipulation by others, or just has very bad judgement, neither of which I respect.

3 - Rudy, McCain, Ron Paul (yes, I know, but he is likeable)

4 - McCain. It's hard not to respect a guy who spent 5 years in POW camp, even if he did talk.

Rudy - I lived in NYC during the Rudy era and he knows how to kick ass and take names.

Very good questions, DJ!</p... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

Very good questions, DJ!

1. No. I find him simplistic and arrogant. People like that are difficult for me to like because you can't engage them in conversation. They will tell you what *they* believe (which they characterize as "the truth") and then ignore whatever you say.

2. Also no, for the same reason. I can respect people who disagree with me so long as they can back up their beliefs rationally. But if someone acts like he knows it all and you don't even deserve an explanation, then fuggedabouddit...

3. I can't really say that I like any of the candidates all that much. I think the sort of personality that would drive someone to seek the presidency would make them a little too arrogant to be a real friend of mine. The candidate that I'd most like to have over for coffee and conversation would be Barack Obama. I'm really impressed with his knowledge on a wide variety of issues and he seems willing and able to go into great detail on all of it so at the very least, he'd be an interesting guest.

4. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. These two have stood up against withering attacks from their own parties for a long time and have remained true to their priniciples. And they can also objectively defend their beliefs, not just cross their arms and pout when confronted.

Since you point out that th... (Below threshold)
Don:

Since you point out that this is a poll, responces should be to the questions without the rants.
1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Rudy
4) Rudy

did I miss something? Who t... (Below threshold)
Rob:

did I miss something? Who the heck is Barry?

1.) Yes.2.) Yes. All... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

1.) Yes.
2.) Yes. All Presidents deserve respect.
3.) Fred T., Rudy, Barack
4.) Rudy

1) yes2) yes... (Below threshold)
Big Mo:

1) yes

2) yes

3) Obama, Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani, and, of course, if he runs, F. Thompson.

4) Same as #3 minus Obama.

1. Not any more2. ... (Below threshold)
D:

1. Not any more

2. Not any more

3. Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Obama

4. Mitt Romney. Don't know enough about Fred Thompson, and Giuliani is just too liberal and too much of a cad.

1. Yes2. Yes3... (Below threshold)
Randy:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Huckabee, Mitt & Fred
4. McCain, Huckabee

1. Yes2. Yes3... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Fred Thompson
4. Rudy, Fred

1. I like George W. Bush<b... (Below threshold)
Sue:

1. I like George W. Bush
2. Yes, I respect him.
3. John McCain
4. Mit Romney

George W. Bush is who and what he is. Like all Americans he didn't understand the Middle East mentality...who could? Death first, last and always for everything? Our Western mind takes a while to believe such a thing. But, in my heart, I believe that he knows something I don't.

1. Yes2. Yes3... (Below threshold)
The Dude Abides:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Fred
4. Rudy

1. Yes2. Yes3... (Below threshold)
Ronald Reagan:

1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Fred, Rudy, Barack, Mitt
4. Fred, Rudy, John

did I miss something? Wh... (Below threshold)
Barak Obama:

did I miss something? Who the heck is Barry?

Posted by: Rob at June 20, 2007 01:34 PM


'Barry' is the name I used when I was in school.

... and it's SENATOR 'Barry... (Below threshold)
Barack Obama:

... and it's SENATOR 'Barry' to you.

1) I like the man. In my ... (Below threshold)

1) I like the man. In my mind, he says what means, and means what he says. Without a doubt, I do not agree with everything he says, but he hasn't shown himself to be dishonest to me.

2) On balance, yes I respect him. I cannot rationalize the need to protect the nation with his surrender of the borders, but overall I respect him.

3) Right now, the only GOP candidate that rubs me wrong is Dr. Paul. Rep. Kucinich has too many far-fetched ideas. I have no strong affinity with the rest.

4) Different respect for different people. Sen. McCain, for example, will always have my unwavering respect for him as a soldier.

Bush?Bush?<... (Below threshold)
Hillary Rodham:

Bush?

Bush?

BUUUUSSSHH!!!!


(incoherent babbling with body tremors)



1. Yes, I think if I met Bu... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

1. Yes, I think if I met Bush in person I would like him.

2. All in all I would say yes. One of the main reasons is that despite all the villifcation directed against him in the past 6 years I think he has shown great personal restraint in not attacking back. Plus I believe he is truly sincere in what he believes.

3. I find Fred Thompsonn likeable. However, I have this morbid curiosity to be able to have a one-on-one in some innocuous social setting with Hillary to see if I would really like her.

4. I respect John McCain. This despite the fact I think he would not be my first choice for President.

1) Yes, he is a very affabl... (Below threshold)
Nick:

1) Yes, he is a very affable fellow.

2) Yes, I respect him because he does what he says and he says what he does.

3) Fred Thompson seems like a very down-to-earth fellow. Romney seems likable.

4) I respect Thompson and Giuliani.

1- Yes I very much like GW ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

1- Yes I very much like GW and his whole family. Living here in Texas, I have been aware of the Bush family for years now. GW is down to earth, doesn't take himself too seriously and he is not pretentious at all.
2- I respect him alot. What that man had to go through from the start of his presidency. Recounts, China, 9/11, no precedence to follow, changing policies, Katrina, the constant barage of negativity from the MSM and the left and through it all, he is hanging tough. He really upsets me with the immigration bill, but I respect his opinion and his steadfastness.
3-AS a person, I would say the candidate I like at this time is Rudy.
4- I respect McCain for his service and sacrifice even though there were many times I disagreed with him and Rudy G. for his actions in the wake on 9/11 and going to all those funerals. ww

YesYesThompso... (Below threshold)

Yes
Yes
Thompson
McCain, Thompson, Richardson, Romney, Giuliani

1. Nope, and never really d... (Below threshold)
Gary:

1. Nope, and never really did. Didn't care much for his dad either.

2. I did, until the incident with our spy plane getting bumped and forced down by the Chi Coms (oh, yeah that...). That display of hesitancy was noticed by, for one, Vicente Fox, who then proceeded to do a pretty good job of beating up little "Jorgito" and taking his lunch money until 9/11 intruded.

3. Fred, and Tancredo. Yeah, I know Tom's a little passionate but you get the sense that he's real, not a phony.

4. I don't know any of them well enough to say I respect them. Several here have mentioned McCain, but being tough-minded is different from being worthy of my respect.

Bush's true colors are fina... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

Bush's true colors are finally showing. I voted for him twice, but now will support impeaching the bastard for what he is attempting to do to American and what he has done to our boarder patrol agents.

He is selling out America for business interests without thinking what 40-50 million unassimilating mexicans will do to our culture as well as who will pay for the massive entitlements they will leech off the government tit.

In short, he will do LaRaza's job for them and we will foot the bill. That will be Bush's legacy, the president who destroyed America.

(1) Do you like Presiden... (Below threshold)

(1) Do you like President George W. Bush?

Yes. He's a genuinelinely kind and compassionate man.

(2) How about respect? Whether or not you agree with him or his position on the issues, do you respect the man?

Yes, I respect him. I'm pissed as hell about his stance on immigration, but I would gladly shake his hand and offer him my respect and admiration. He has something that's missing in so many politicians: the courage of his convictions.

(3) Is there anyone among the candidates running for President whom you find especially likable?

Rudy, Mitt, and Fred. I wish I liked any of the Dems, as one of them could be the next President. Alas, they're not reasonable, interesting or likeable.

(4) How about respect? Are there any candidates, whether or not you agree with them, that you personally respect?

I respect McCain's service in the military, but I think he is patently duplicitous as a politican.

I respect Romney's standing up for his faith and his family in a time where the media is more interested in sham marriage of Jim & Dina McGreevy than they are in a real, functioning, admirable couple.

I like Rudy, and particularly his wife, Judith. She did a lot behind the scenes work after 9/11 (running the makeshift morgue at Chelsea Piers where civilian remains were brought following the collapse of the WTC), and she's got a far better head on her shoulders than Rudy's narcissistic actress ex, Donna Hanover.

I find Fred Thompson intriguing, but I recognize that I need to learn more about him before he earns my respect.

1. yes2. yes... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

1. yes

2. yes

3. Fred Thompson

4. Fred Thompson, Giuliani, Huckabee, Richardson

> Do you like President Geo... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> Do you like President George W. Bush?

Yup.

> For question 2, how about respect?

Yes. I don't agree with him on a lot of stuff but he seems internally consistant.


> 3, is there anyone among the candidates running for President whom you find especially likable?

Amongst the Dems I find Obama, Richardson and Biden to be likeable. I wouldn't mind hanging out with them, yakking it up.

For the Repubs, I like Giuliani, Fred Thompson. I don't DISlike Romney, just don't connect with him. McCain doesn't hit it off with me.


> 4, how about respect?

McCain, Romney, Fred Thompson, Giuliani. I find it hard to include Dems on this list since so many of their policies would be dangerous.

Answer to all 4 questions: ... (Below threshold)
kbiel:

Answer to all 4 questions: Yes.

Kbiel, for #3 and 4 you lik... (Below threshold)

Kbiel, for #3 and 4 you like and respect the candidate named "yes"?

YESYES, SIRRu... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

YES
YES, SIR
Rudy, Huckabee
Rudy, Huckabee

1) yes2) yes3... (Below threshold)
steak111111:

1) yes
2) yes
3) JC Watts, Hunter, Brownback, Huckabee, F Thompson* (not T Thompson) (no libs)
4) JC Watts, Hunter, Brownback, Huckabee, FT* (not TT), McCain (no libs)

*I never watched 'law and order'

First of all Bush is not a ... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

First of all Bush is not a good old boy from Texas..he was born and educated the northeast..he does not even ride a horse..
Shouldn't our President have an articulate command of the English language..

Sorry...but his refusal to admit mistakes...
I don't hate him...but I have been embarrassed that he represents us as a leader...

Those of you that still admire him will never change your mind..nothing wrong with loyalty..
But he is not a leader...what social/economic/war issues so important to many conservatives was he able to establish and attain during six years with a Republican Senate and House?

He could have done so much right after 9/11 when 90% of America supported him..

1) No2) N03) ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

1) No
2) N0
3) Richardson, Biden, Obama, McCain, Huckabee
4) McCain, Biden, Obama, Huckabee, Richardson

Q1-I neither like or dislik... (Below threshold)
codekeyguy:

Q1-I neither like or dislike the president. All I see is the "public" persona.
Q2-I can respect that he has strong beliefs, and he carries thru on those beliefs (come hell or high water) When one does that, it shows strength of character.
Q3-Romney is likable, Fred! Thompson is likable, I even find "Shrillary" likable(in aperverse sort of way)
Q4-Easier to answer this way: I have NO RESPECT FOR Obama, McCain, Silky Pony, Guiliani. The rest are pretty much OK.

NOGO, you and your liberal ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

NOGO, you and your liberal pals won't even admit a mistake you make here. Hypocritical but expected. Who said GW was a good ole boy? He wasn't born here, but he certainly got here as quick as he could and embraced all Texas stands for. ww

I don't hate him...but I ha... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

I don't hate him...but I have been embarrassed that he represents us as a leader...
-----------------------------------------------
Yet liberals don't seem to be embarassed by Clinton, Carter, Reid/Pelosi at all. The hypocrisy is beyond parody.

Geez, Nogo,Is it so ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Geez, Nogo,
Is it so fricken' hard for you to just answer DJ's questions before going off on one of your spittling tangents?

Yes, Yes, Fred, Fred... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Yes, Yes, Fred, Fred

Soooo sorry lefties, if you... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Soooo sorry lefties, if you review the posts here, you are vastly outnumbered. My vote,
Bush is the best, yes he has my respect. Romney, Thompson and Newt. Last question the same .

As a 70 year old Texan who ... (Below threshold)
Ruth H:

As a 70 year old Texan who lived in West Texas about the same time the Bushes moved there and raised their kids there, I find it curious who is saying he isn't a TEXAN??!! And BTW I don't ride a horse, never have.
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Guliano and Thompson
4. I respect The two named above.

1. Yes2. Yes</p... (Below threshold)
Julie:

1. Yes

2. Yes

3. Rudy, Romney, Obama

4. McCain and Rudy

Respect is a lost art. Righ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Respect is a lost art. Right now 99% of the country can't bring themselves to say President Bush. Guess they adopted that from the a--holes some call news reporters and networks.
Disrespect spreads fast, I don't know one person that respects or trust a reporter, a lawyer, a judge or a national politician. All are considered criminals with a podium to spread their BS. We are in a sad state, and almost done as a free country. BDS will go a long way in finishing it off. Insanity can't be turned off like a light switch.

OFFICIAL PREDICTION<p... (Below threshold)
R M L:

OFFICIAL PREDICTION

THOMPSON / MC CAIN 2008

ANY TAKERS

1. Yes. Despite what the le... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

1. Yes. Despite what the leftists say, he is a basically honest and forthright guy. You know what you are getting.

2. Yes. I could respect him more if he would do certain things like pardon Libby and the two border agents, but I do respect him.

3. Many of the candidates have likable qualities, but especially likable? Fred Thompson all the way. Oddly enough, McCain gets a close second for his good sense of humor and honorable military service. Too bad he has so many other qualities that I can't stand.

4. I have some respect for just about all of them for different reasons, except for RuPaul.

#1 YES#2 YES... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

#1 YES

#2 YES

#3 F. Thompson, Romney, Tancredo, Huckubee, *Gingrich*

#4 F. Thompson, *Gingrich*

** Not a current candidate I know.

First of all Bush is not... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

First of all Bush is not a good old boy from Texas..he was born and educated the northeast..he does not even ride a horse..

Shouldn't our President have an articulate command of the English language..

Sorry...but his refusal to admit mistakes...
I don't hate him...but I have been embarrassed that he represents us as a leader...

Those of you that still admire him will never change your mind..nothing wrong with loyalty..
But he is not a leader...what social/economic/war issues so important to many conservatives was he able to establish and attain during six years with a Republican Senate and House?
He could have done so much right after 9/11 when 90% of America supported him..

1) There are lots of people in Texas who have probably never even gotten within 30 feet of a horse, let alone ride one. You don't acquire equestrian skills just by living there, you know.

Does it matter where he was born and educated? He spent the vast majority of his life in Texas. I was born in Surbiton, Surrey in England, but spent the vast majority of my life here in the US (and yes, I'm legal, thankyouverymuch). Irrelevant as far as liking someone.

2)For someone who can't master basic punctuation, you have some nerve about articulating oneself.

3)I can still admire someone, even if someone whose policies I completely disagree with. I think Clinton (Bill) would be a really cool guy to hang around and shoot the breeze with, even though I think now he never should have been president. I don't have the same feelings for his wife though.

As for my answers:
a) Yes
b) Yes
c) I really don't care at this early stage. Way to early. I'll let you know in November or December
d) I respect most of them, with the exception of McCain, who has been a real ass.

1) Yes.2) Yes.... (Below threshold)
Sue in Ohio:

1) Yes.
2) Yes.
3) Rudy, Mitt Romney, Huckabee. Also Fred Thompson, from the little bit I've seen of him.
4) Rudy, John McCain (for his military service and strong stance on the war)

1. Yes.2. HELL yes... (Below threshold)
Cliff:

1. Yes.

2. HELL yes. Regardless of what you think of him on the issues, there has not been a single other President in any of our lifetimes that has been willing to take more heat for what he believed, from both sides, frankly. He laid out what he was all about, and has stuck to it. I admire that a lot.

3. Obama, frankly, is easily the most likable of all the candidates in either party. That's why he scares me so much. He's like the anti-Hillary in terms of likability. I tend to like Mike Huckabee whenever I see him too.

4.

R:

Giuliani (smart, ready to be disliked when necessary, tough)

McCain (I trust him to say what he thinks I need to hear. That's very important. I also greatly respect his honor and service to this country)

Brownback (I admire his committment to human life, and his ability to take unpopular stances, although I completely disagree with his partitioning Iraq strategy.)

D:

Joe Biden (I admire the ability that, while he might be a blowhard, and I might disagree, at the very least, he actually seems to have thought through foreign policy issues, unlike 99% of the D's out there right now)

kind-of Obama (I admire his optimism and lack of venom that so many on the left, but I don't particularly admire his positions or experience)

Q1: REALLY don't like Bush<... (Below threshold)
Qnunc:

Q1: REALLY don't like Bush
Q2: Absolutely no respect for Bush
Q3: Ron Paul most likable candidate
Q4: Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate I respect; it is SO refreshing to hear someone answer questions using the Constitution as his guide, instead of constantly hearing about "my faith" in the answer to EVERY question.

Like and respect President ... (Below threshold)
LagunaDave:

Like and respect President Bush: Yes

Like among current candidates? Rudy

Respect among current candidates: Rudy and McCain

Honorable mention to Richardson, who is the best of miserable bunch among the Democrats, but no Lieberman, I'm afraid.

I'm ticked off at Bush, but... (Below threshold)
meep:

I'm ticked off at Bush, but
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. I like Rudy and Fred.
4. I respect Rudy, Fred, Romney, McCain.
The others I don't know enough about.

Arrogant, ignorant, indiffe... (Below threshold)
Stiffs:

Arrogant, ignorant, indifferent and egotistical. No. I couldn't like anyone with these qualities. The fact that someone with these qualities holds the most important position in this country is reason enough to dislike him more. His weakness of character affects our lives in every way.

Respect? I respect those who've earned it. People who've proven their worth to me through their good actions and charitable nature. Someone who's honest, I respect that. This man is neither. He's a liar extraordinaire, callous, and lacking in any charity (He donated a meger $10,000 to the Tsunami victims from his personal funds. That's $5,000 more than I donated and my income is $80,000 a year. That says more about him than I possibly can).

So far, those running i need to hear more from before they will earn my respect. As to who I would vote for, it's up in the air. Partial to Bloomberg if he runs, but once again, I need to know where he stands.

1. strong yes2. stro... (Below threshold)
E. T.:

1. strong yes
2. strong yes
3. Fred, Rudy, Mitt
4. Fred, Rudy, Mitt

1. No2. Yes3.... (Below threshold)
LAB:

1. No
2. Yes
3. Fred, Rudy, McCain, Biden
4. Fred, Rudy, McCain, Huckabee

1. liking Bush? Ab... (Below threshold)
Pigs "Я" U:

1. liking Bush?
About as much as I like turd in a punch bowl

2.respecting Bush?
Cagué en la leche de su madre

3.likeable candidates?
Obama, Ron Paul

4.Candidates meriting respect?
no Republicans other than Ron Paul




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