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Bridget Johnson

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September 6, 2013 - 2:53 pm

An open poll conducted by a Vermont senator on his website has global warming tracking far above chemical weapons as a concern that voters think members of Congress should care most about.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) patterned his poll questions after a Pew Research Center survey: Would you favor or oppose the U.S. conducting military strikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons? Do you think U.S. military strikes in Syria would be likely to lead to a long-term U.S. military commitment there, or not? Do you think U.S. military strikes in Syria would likely be effective in discouraging the use of chemical weapons, or not?

And, which of the following three issues do you think are the most important for Congress to concentrate on right now?

The poll offered the choices of chemical weapons in Syria, jobs and unemployment, health care, education, immigration, global warming, NSA phone and Internet surveillance, gun policy, the federal budget deficit, or something else.

As of Friday morning a record number had responded for a Sanders poll — more than 18,000 people since Wednesday.

On the first question, opponents of strikes outnumbered proponents 10 to 1.

On the issues question, Sanders’ office said as of 10:30 a.m. that chemical weapons came in dead last.

The top issues picked were jobs, health care, and global warming, in that order. Education and NSA surveillance were the next most critical issues.

Sanders said this week that he’s still weighing “several concerns” about the use of force proposal coming to the Senate floor next week.

“I intend to keep an open mind with regard to the president’s proposal on Syria but at this point I have serious reservations,” he said.  “These reservations are shared by many Vermonters who are calling my office – the overwhelming majority in opposition to our involvement in the Syrian civil war.  I think we all understand that Assad is a ruthless dictator and that his use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and a violation of international law. Many Vermonters, however, worry that our involvement in a third Middle East war in 12 years may make a very bad situation even worse.”

Sanders voted against the war in Iraq, and said he’s “concerned that the United States would be going into a war almost unilaterally without the support of the United Nations or NATO.”

“If we are concerned about international stability, this sets a very dangerous precedent that other countries could use in the future,” he said.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Global warming: The new religion for the godless.
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Vermont is full of loons. Their largest source of electricity (Vermont Yankee Nuclear) is shutting down next year. VT plans to replace that capacity with wind turbines and solar panels.

I am now contemplating installing a small MCHP unit in my place up there as the cost of electricity will soon be higher than Germany's. VT'ers are going to be wishing for global warming as it is even going to get more expensive to keep the heat and lights on.
32 weeks ago
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Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. Independent Socialist is an oxymoron. The fact that the constituents of an elected Socialist have swallowed the AGW fantasy tells a lot about who actually still supports this international income redistribution scam!
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my best friend's ex-wife makes $66 every hour on the laptop. She has been without work for nine months but last month her paycheck was $18322 just working on the laptop for a few hours. read the article......... www.cnn13.com
32 weeks ago
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It's a bit misleading. What the poll really says is that they don't care about Syria. And, really, that the wonderful humanitarian liberals really don't are about anyone else.
32 weeks ago
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Global warming: The new religion for the godless.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
Vermont is full of loons. Their largest source of electricity (Vermont Yankee Nuclear) is shutting down next year. VT plans to replace that capacity with wind turbines and solar panels.

I am now contemplating installing a small MCHP unit in my place up there as the cost of electricity will soon be higher than Germany's. VT'ers are going to be wishing for global warming as it is even going to get more expensive to keep the heat and lights on.
32 weeks ago
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My condolences. Any chance of secession?
32 weeks ago
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They used to say Vermont was 51% Republican and 49% dairy cattle. Unfortunately, the cattle are being milked for votes.

Alternatively, throw MA out of the union and build a wall.
32 weeks ago
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Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. Independent Socialist is an oxymoron. The fact that the constituents of an elected Socialist have swallowed the AGW fantasy tells a lot about who actually still supports this international income redistribution scam!
32 weeks ago
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Wonder how they would feel about attacking Global Warming with chemical weapons?
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Was this survey sent to every voter in Vermont? Or just to the noodle-heads around Burlington where the U of Vermont is located?
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It's an online poll. I just voted in it. Hint: I didn't say gullible warming was a major issue.
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Arms are for hugging?
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