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Liberalism: Why think when you can “feel”?

AP: Obama’s approval rating now at 60%, and his rating on the economy now over 50%! Hmm? Our sampling? Yeah, don’t worry about that.

The AP’s take on their poll:

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.

They don’t have a link back to their sampling in the story, so you actually have to go find it elsewhere (PDF link here).  Once you do, though, it becomes pretty clear why the AP was in no mood to put the raw data link directly in the story.  From Ed:

The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties.  That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama.  It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly.  When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27.  Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.”  That’s significantly worse than the March poll, in which the proper D/R/I was 29/20/34, and far beyond their post-midterm sample of 31/28/26.  It’s pretty easy to get Obama to 60% when Republicans are undersampled by almost half.

Nope…no liberal media bias!

May 11, 2011 - Posted by | media bias, Obama, polls


  1. Then they report poll results as news. Ugh!

    Comment by Steve | May 11, 2011

  2. This is the principle reason I don’t pay attention to polls and statistics. You can make either show whatever you want depending on how you sample.

    Comment by Whittlin' Man | May 11, 2011

  3. Nah, no liberal media bias in this poll. Not the way they report it. MSM is so lame.

    Comment by J.Guidry | May 11, 2011

  4. And this poll is being trumpeted all over the MSM, from national outlets to local papers. The headlines all say Obama’s approval is 60%.

    What idiot would actually believe that without questioning the validity of the poll? There are many.

    Comment by John Washburn | May 11, 2011

  5. J Washburn is correct…many many fools. The most pitiable fools are the one’s who’s opinions are actually SWAYED by polls. Like I’m gonna swing from thinking the guy is one of America’s greatest threats to thinking he’s super-wicked-awesome just because of a poll….but some will. Voting should be licensed.

    Comment by Kevin | May 11, 2011

  6. Who dose these polls anyway?

    Comment by Spurwing Plover | May 16, 2011

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