Americans Overwhelmingly Say Obama Bowing To Japanese Emperor Was Appropriate — Even In A Fox Poll

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November 19, 2009 10:09 a.m.

Despite a lot of complaining by conservatives, the American people don’t actually have any problem with President Obama bowing to the Emperor of Japan — and that’s according to the new Fox News poll.

Respondents were asked: “When the president of the United States is traveling overseas, do you think it is appropriate for him to bow to a foreign leader if that is the country’s custom or is it never appropriate for the president to bow to another leader?”

The numbers: Appropriate 67%, Never appropriate 26%. Even a majority of Republican respondents were okay with the bow, by a 53%-40% margin. Democrats weigh in at 84%-9%, and independents 62%-30%.

It’s very interesting that Fox actually gave the full context of the bow, telling respondents that it would be the country’s custom. There’s still no verdict, however, on Joe Biden bowing to Jon Stewart.

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