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US: Sanford Affair (CNN 6/26-28)


CNN/Opinion Research Corporation
6/26-28/09; 507 adults, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews

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National

As you may know, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford recently admitted that he had committed adultery and reimbursed the state for the cost of a government-funded trip during which he saw the woman with whom he was having an affair. Do you think Sanford should resign his position as Governor, or do you think he should continue to serve as Governor?

54% Resign, 44% Continue to serve

 

Comments
Stillow:

What is with the media obsession over Sanford? Its not like a politican having an affair isa new thing.........get over it media. Hell you guys gave more coverage to Sanford than you did cap and trade.....the media is pathetic.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow

Take heart. I don't Sanford has got the bashing Spitzer got when his affair became public.

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IdahoMulato:

Stillow

Take heart. I don't think Sanford has got the kind of bashing Spitzer got when his affair became public.

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Stillow:

What is the point, most of us said, oh hey, naother politician having an affair when spitzer got busted...his was a bit different since it involved prositituion...but who the hell cares....Sanford, spitzer, edwards, ensign....I turn on fox or cnn and its all sanford, totally ignoring cap and trade or the worsening economy..................its a stupid game.

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RussTC3:

I don't care about the affair. That's no one's business but Sanford and his family. The issue I have is Sanford LEFT THE COUNTRY without telling anyone.

And this from someone who wanted to be President? I mean, really?

He's a joke.

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Stillow:

My point is the media is covering trivial matters instead of real news. How many polls have we seen on Sanford and how many on cap and trade for example? This is insane...we have serious legislation pending out there, seirous problems and the media is focused on Sanford, or Spitzer...or whomever the politican of the week is having an affair.

The media in this country is a shame, they are not doing there job. They want to distract us with this garbage so that g'ment can go and do whatever it wants.................

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sjt22:

The media IS doing its job. That is, its trying to increase its bottom line in order to please its corporate masters. It does this by trying to increase page clicks and viewership by focusing on topics which attract attention. Sex and sensationalism = ratings. Reasonable discussion of serious topics makes people change the channel. Even when such topics are brought up, there is no real debate. Its a lot of screaming, spin and bs.

I'm not saying its right or appropriate, but the media is a business. I wish we had a real, active and legitimate 4th estate, but I don't see how that's possible given its current makeup.

Also, Sanford is a legitimate target for scrutiny given the bizarre nature of his tryst (leaving the country on the taxpayers dime) and the fact that he's campaigned on and fashioned himself as a champion of "family values".

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Bigmike:

Sanford is a legit target and he brought it on himself.

MJ is a major distraction also.

But where is the news that a new gallup poll says 46% think the dems are too liberal and 43% think the repubs are too conservative?

Or how about the news that consumer confidence fell from 54.8 to 49.3 in the last month. If there was a repub in office that would be front page news.

Gotta give the American people lots of credit. With everything else that is going on, people are still seeing what is happening and they don't like it.

Just wait until someone actually reads the cap and trade bill. There will be a million new repubs overnight!

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sjt22:

@ BigMike

I would actually prefer that the media stay away from polls as news, considering that 9 times out of 10 when they do try to make use of polls they mention an outlier or questionable poll, fail to give any proper context, or otherwise screw things up.

As for CC, it did drop slightly, but its still double what it was in February. The Gallup consumer mood index continues to slowly improve, as does the Consumer Comfort index which is tracked weekly.

And the idea that the drop wasn't reported is incorrect. I saw it mentioned by multiple sources, but again it doesn't make for very compelling news.

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Stillow:

@Bigmike

I saw that Gallup poll on liberals and conservatives...not sure I agree with the 43 who say repubs are to conservative...as a former republican, I left the party because they had gone way to far left for me. To conservative is a joke, look who they nomiinated for president, a liberal! The left wing media is doing a very effective job in trying to paint the republican party for soemthing its not....I hope they go back to being a conservative party, if they do I will rejoin and support GOP candidates, until then they lose my vote and my money.

@sjt22

That was some nice sugarcoating for the CC...things are not improving, they are getting worse, espeically in key states like my home state of NV...the economy here is totally dead....unemployment is going to keep rising and very prominant economists predict hyperinflation due to overspending and increasing debt. That will be a deadly combo. And Bigmike is right, when people actually learn what the cap and trade bill has in it, Dems will lose support, its a horrible bill...and it allows g'ment to assume waaaaaaay to much power over the people. Its one of the worst bills presented in a long long time...huge tax increases, massive job losses....rising energy costs all in the name of global warming....which is a myth to begin with.
Don't worry, fox, cnn and msnbc ar all busy talking about MJ, Sanford and the Vanity article about Palin...........unbelievable!

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conspiracy:

McCain the liberal! Pure comedy gold.

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sjt22:

@ Stillow

Just giving context. Mike seemed to imply that the drop in CC was some terrible sign which was being glossed over by the media, when in fact things are pretty much the same as they were before (and much better than they were earlier this year).

As for your media criticism, I've already explained its quite simple: ratings. Ratings, ratings, ratings, ratings, ratings. It always amazes me when people who are champions of free market capitalism fail to recognize the free market at work right before their eyes.

And McCain is a liberal?

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Stillow:

What am I going to do with you and conspiracy....McCain is a liberal republican.....if you guys are going to tell e he is a conservative, then I will personally pay for both of you to visit your doctor for a check up.

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conspiracy:

McCain is a center-right Republican. How that makes him "liberal" is beyond me. Unless you are as far to the right as Stillow it seems!

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Bigmike:

My point was not so much that consumer confidence took a dip, but rather how it was reported. You had to look to find it. If W was still in office they would have broke in the MJ coverage to announce it.

My other point was that we conservatives are gaining ground, slowly but surely.

And I did notice no one jumped in to defend cap and trade. Does anyone really think that is a good idea?

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