Two new polls came out today, one based in reality and the other, most certainly, was taken in “Bizzaro World”
|RCP Average||2/27 – 3/10||—||43.4||52.4||-9.0|
|NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl||3/5 – 3/9||1000 A||41||54||-13|
|Bloomberg||3/7 – 3/10||1001 A||48||48||Tie|
|Gallup||3/8 – 3/10||1500 A||45||51||-6|
|Rasmussen Reports||3/8 – 3/10||1500 LV||45||54||-9|
|CNN/Opinion Research||3/7 – 3/9||801 A||43||53||-10|
|PPP (D)||3/6 – 3/9||1152 RV||43||51||-8|
|FOX News||3/2 – 3/4||1002 RV||38||54||-16|
|The Economist/YouGov||3/1 – 3/3||710 RV||42||55||-13|
|ABC News/Wash Post||2/27 – 3/2||RV||46||52||-6|
One of the fascinating trends with these polls is every time a unfavorable poll is released another poll counters it. When Fox released its poll number of 38%, ABC News/Washington Post claimed the president had an approval of 48%.
Now, I’m not claiming there’s is an effort by anyone in the media to boost President Obama’s approval numbers.
The media would never do that. We know they’re fair and would never slant the news to favor any one political entity.
Yes, that was sarcasm.
Here’s the most ridiculous result from Bloomberg:
The increase in Obama’s job-approval rating is being helped by independents, with 42 percent supporting him, up from 35 percent in December. He also is getting a boost from young adults, whose approval of his performance increased 11 percentage points, and women, whose positive rating jumped by 8 percentage points.
Ed Morrissey highlights the true dilemma for the President and his party in the NBC/WSJ poll:
The problem for Obama and Democrats in this poll is that his personal likeability no longer keeps his overall numbers afloat. The “personal feelings” rating for Obama is now 41/44, with 15% neutral, in this poll. At the beginning of October, Obama scored 47/41, and before the August “red line” debacle it was 48/40. The “very positive” rating in this survey of 21% is the lowest of the series; a year ago it was 30%, and at the time of the last election it was 34%.
And for all the good news in the Bizzaro Bloomberg poll, there’s this:
majorities still disapprove of Obama’s performance across a broad spectrum of issues. They include the economy, a top issue for voters this year, which may threaten his party’s chances for retaining control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November’s elections to retake control of the chamber.
Need I say more?