Friday, August 06, 2004

Bush Ratings vs. Terror Alerts

I was just thinking of doing something like this earlier this week. I'm glad JuliusBlog saved me the trouble!
There are few things that are quite evident from the chart:

- Whenever his ratings dip, there's a new terror alert.

- Every terror alert is followed by a slight uptick of Bush approval ratings.

- Whenever there are many unfavorable headlines, there's another alert or announcement (distraction effect).

- As we approach the 2004 elections, the number and frequency of terror alerts keeps growing, to the point that they collapse in the graphic. At the same time, Bush ratings are lower than ever.
You have to go to the website to see the chart.

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