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Survey: Massive hit
on Bush over ports

New polling information reveals only 17 percent of Americans favor the deal to turn over control of U.S. ports to a state-sponsored company in the United Arab Emirates, and shows a major blow to President Bush’s perceived leadership in the war on terror.

Rasmussen Reports says 43 percent indicate they trust the Democrats more on national security today while 41 percent prefer Bush.

“From a political perspective, President Bush’s national security credentials have clearly been tarnished due to the outcry over this issue,” notes the polling agency. “For the first time ever, Americans have a slight preference for Democrats in Congress over the president on national security issues. The preference for the opposition party is small, but the fact that Democrats are even competitive on the national security front is startling.”

Seventy-two percent of Americans say they’ve been following news about the Dubai Ports deal somewhat or very closely, but only Just 39 percent know the operating rights are currently owned by a foreign firm. Fifteen percent believe the operating rights are U.S.-owned while 46 percent admit they’re not sure.

Other results from the survey indicate 27 percent don’t believe foreign firms should be allowed to buy any companies in the U.S., while 55 percent disagree. However, even among those who believe foreign ownership should be allowed in general, 61 percent oppose the Dubai Ports transaction.

The phone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted Feb 22 and 23. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Political affiliation of those surveyed was 37 percent each for Republicans and Democrats, and 26 percent stating no affiliation.

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