(Note: WWLP Channel 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts gave good coverage of a Thursday tax protest that I attended in downtown Springfield against the Massachusetts’ legislature’s bill to raise the state sales tax from 5% to 6.25%. It is important for all Tea Party participants to realize that our movement is growing and, event by event, is gaining the attentions of the public. Continuous local, regional and national actions will pay off in the long run. Now the story Obama’s Popularity Is Greatly Exaggerated)
CNN recently reported that Dick Cheney’s approval poll numbers are up 8 points since January. Here are some other interesting figures from the ABC News/Washington Post poll as reported on pollingreport.com When it asked “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Dick Cheney has handled his job as vice president” the ‘approve’ response on January 13-16, 2009 was 30%. But that number on April 19-22 of 2001 was 64%.
For Barack Obama, the question was “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Barack Obama?”
The ‘favorable’ rating on April 21-24, 2009 was 72%.
So after 3 months in office, it was Obama 72% and Cheney 64%.
What does this say?
First, consider that Cheney has been portrayed by the media for decades as one of the most dark and unpopular figures in America, but that after relentless media attacks against Bush/Cheney in the 2000 election that Cheney still had a 64% approval rating just 3 months into office. And remember that millions of Americans were saying at that time that Bush/Cheney “stole” the election in December 2000, an opinion that was fomented by the media.
Then remember that after relentless media cheerleading in favor of Obama for more than one year, his approval rating was 72% after 3 months in office. Yet from the media coverage, you would think that Obama had unprecedented adoration from the public.
What this means is that if the media and polls were all neutral that Obama and George Bush today would probably have about the same approval ratings. And that the popularity of Obama is wildly inflated in relation to reality.
Now consider the polls themselves. Many polls are biased in favor of Democrats. So any time you read a poll, be cautious about who is taking it. Depending on who the pollsters call (by race, gender, age, likely voter, registered voter etc.), what time of day they call, what time of week they call, what parts of the country they call, it can produce wildly variable results. Depending on how the question is asked, they can produce highly divergent responses.
And so considering that many pollsters are really media organizations and that the media are generally liberal, beware of polls showing Democrats favorably. In fact many media polls are designed intentionally to give the media something to “report” on. For instance they might say, “A new poll shows president Obama with high approval ratings. Here’s our report.”
Consider the adoring media coverage and poll predictions for Obama in the 2008 election. Yet he only won the presidency by 6 points after endless media cheerleading, the political cycle favoring Democrats and a terrible campaign by McCain. This was hardly a landslide. This is called only a “modest” victory. Yet the media are portraying it as a huge win for a “black” candidate regardless of the fact that Obama’s mother was white.
Here are some results from different polls about Bush and Obama at roughly the same period in their presidencies – in April after their first inauguration.
The Fox New/Opinion Dynamics Poll, which could be one of the few polls that might actually be said to tilt to conservatives, showed Bush with a ‘favorable’ rating on April 18-19, 2001 of 64%. The Gallup Poll of April 20-22, 2001 showed Bush with a 65% ‘favorable’ rating. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Bush with a combined ‘very positive’ and ‘somewhat positive’ rating in April 2001 of 58%. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Survey of July 2001 showed Bush with a ‘very favorable’ or ‘mostly favorable’ combined rating of 61%.
And remember all this came on the heels of massive negative publicity over the Florida recount just a few months previous, an attack book as early as 1999 falsely reporting Bush using cocaine, and general hatred of Bush by the media throughout the 2000 election.
Now here are some polls for Obama. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll asked “We’d like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people – or if you have never heard of them. Barack Obama.”
The April 23-26, 2009 result was 69% favorable.
The Dieageo/Hotline Poll asked “Now, I’d like to read you a list of various national public figures, and for each one, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them. If you haven’t heard of them, just tell me and we’ll move on. Barack Obama.”
The April 23-26, 2009 poll was 64% favorable for Obama.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll asked “Now I’m going to read you the names of several public figures, and I’d like you to rate your feelings toward each one as either very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative. If you don’t know the name, please just say so. Barack Obama.”
The ‘very positive’ and ‘somewhat positive’ figure for Obama on April 23-26, 2009 gave Obama a combined 64%. The CBS News/New York Times Poll of April 22-26, 2009 gave Obama a 54% favorable rating. The ABC News/Washington Post Poll of April 21-24, 2009, mentioned above, was 72%.
The FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll of April 22-23, 2009 asked . “Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one of the following individuals. If you’ve never heard of a particular individual please just say so. Barack Obama.”
The ‘favorable’ for Obama was 68%.
So at his highest approval in all these polls after three months in office, Obama was at 72% and George W. Bush was 65%.
Make of this information what you will.
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