Friday, December 30, 2005

And Another One Bites The Dust


The government of Prime Minister John Howard in Australia is taking a beating in a poll conducted by Newspoll reports The Australian in this article.

In total, two-thirds of Australians, about 66 per cent, now believe it was not worth going to war, up from 58 per cent a year ago. Just 27 per cent believe it was worth it, compared with 32per cent a year ago.

Australia's Howard now has poll numbers similar to those experienced by Bush and Blair. Further, Howard has taken popularity hits as a result of his legislative package which included controversial labour/industrial relations legislation.

Interestingly, John Howard's reaction to polls and opposition demands is virtually a mirror of Bush's performance in the US. He uses the same arguments for continued Australian presence in Iraq and offers the same rhetoric when responding to critics. And, it is even more interesting that Australian public reaction is going in the same direction as that of the US.

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