Gallup this time. But the numbers are interesting.
- Those who followed the story closely…55% think he shouldn’t get a pardon, while 44% should.
- Those who followed it somewhat closely…73% think no, while 25% think yes.
- Those who didn’t follow it at all…66% say no, 15% say yes and 20% didn’t have an opinion.
Think it’s because of partisanship? Not really…
This finding is not because of underlying partisan differences in the likelihood of following the trial, as 45% of both Democrats and Republicans report following the trial closely. Rather, it appears that a substantial proportion of those familiar with the specifics of the trial may believe that Libby was treated unfairly enough to justify a pardon. For example, some have suggested that the special prosecutor made Libby a “fall guy” for the White House in the investigation. Those who are not familiar with the specifics of the case are more likely responding to the general notion that persons convicted of crimes do not deserve the special treatment a pardon imparts.
There the pulse of the nation for you folks. Even people who followed it closely still think Scooter should serve time.
Is Libby screwed?