Overall, how would you rate (a) Pope Benedict XVI (b) the American Catholic Bishops' efforts to address the sexual abuse situation within the Catholic Church?Ummm.... since when is "fair" a "negative" descriptor?
Pope Benedict XVI American Catholic Bishops Excellent 15% 8% Good 23% 12% Positive 39% 20% Fair 26% 29% Poor 30% 43% Negative 56% 72% Not sure 6% 8%
And while I'm at it, whining about others' diction -- I know Zogby is a pollster and all, but isn't the word "plurality" pretty meaningless in this context? in a poll giving choices along a continuum?
fair–adjective1.free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice: a fair decision; a fair judge.2.legitimately sought, pursued, done, given, etc.; proper under the rules: a fair fight.3.moderately large; ample: a fair income.4.neither excellent nor poor; moderately or tolerably good: fair health.5.marked by favoring conditions; likely; promising: in a fair way to succeed.
"A plurality of respondents gave Pope Benedict XVI .... a "poor" rating on their efforts to address abuse within the church."