Look busy

According to an AP poll, 1 in 4 Americans expect the second coming of Jesus Christ to happen in 2007. I can just about get my head around the number of people who expect it to happen soon; but specifically next year? And 1 in 4 people think this?

Season’s greetings

Guardian: More people in Britain think religion causes harm than believe it does good, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows that an overwhelming majority see religion as a cause of division and tension — greatly outnumbering the smaller majority who also believe that it can be a force for good. Well, that’ll give Richard Dawkins a merry Christmas.

The terrorists have already won

Some results from a USA Today / Gallup poll: 66% of people think all Americans should be forced to carry a national ID card. 46% think Arabs should have to carry a special ID card, even if they are US citizens. (Hell, why not give ’em a red crescent badge or tattoo?) 48% think the police should be able to stop anyone at random and demand their ID. 37% think the government should be free to search the list of books you’ve checked out of the library.

Reality catches up with Bush

Choice statistics from last week’s CBS poll of the average American: 61% disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq. 65% believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. 81% think the torture at Abu Ghraib was unjustified. 51% think the Pentagon tried to cover it up. 20% think the Bush administration has increased jobs, 49% think they’ve decreased jobs. There’s more in this week’s poll: 80% thought Bush was either “hiding something” or “mostly lying” in his statements on Iraq.

Kerry’s popularity

Guardian today: A new poll suggested yesterday that Ralph Nader’s independent presidential bid represented a serious threat to the Democratic candidate, Senator John Kerry. The New York Times and CBS News poll revealed a tight two-man race for the White House between President George Bush and Mr Kerry. Mr Bush had a narrow lead of 46% over Mr Kerry’s 43% — within the poll’s margin of error. But when Americans were asked about a three-man race including Mr Nader, the 70-year-old consumer activist attracted 7% support, mostly at the expense of the Democrat.

Bush vs [TBA]

A recent opinion poll shows that 48% of voters would vote for the unannounced Democratic presidential candidate, versus 44% for Bush. (Margin of error: 3%.) Yes, that’s right. Bush losing to an unknown candidate who doesn’t exist yet.

Christians not viewed positively

Poll results: “Surprisingly Few Adults Outside of Christianity Have Positive Views of Christians”. I’d say it was probably only a surprise to the Christians.