Court of public opinion

By Geraldine Sealey

Published May 7, 2004 7:38PM (EDT)

It's early in this scandal, but the Washington Post and ABC News released this quickie poll which says seven in 10 Americans think Secretary Rumsfeld should keep his job. "The survey comes a day after President Bush gave Rumsfeld a vote of confidence, and as Rumsfeld faced stiff questioning by members of Congress enraged that they were kept in the dark about abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad," the Post writes. "As new details continue to emerge, the survey found that public views on the way Bush is handling the scandal are divided and not yet fully formed. Fewer than half -- 48 percent -- said they approve of the way the president is dealing with the issue while 35 percent disapprove. But 17 percent are undecided, a clear indication that many Americans are waiting for more information before coming to judgment."

For those who have made up their minds that Rumsfeld should go, don't forget to sign the petition.

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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