AP Brainwashes With Biased Bogus Obama Poll

Here’s the story of April 23rd:

AP Poll: At Obama’s 100-day mark, people say for first time in years that US is on right track

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people jobless. Billions of dollars in bailouts. Trillions of dollars in U.S. debt. And yet, for the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is on the right track.

In a sign that Barack Obama has inspired hopes for a brighter future in the first 100 days of his presidency, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows that 48 percent of Americans believe the United States is headed in the right direction — compared with 44 percent who disagree.

Wow.  I want to bear Barack Obama’s child.  And I’m a guy.  And I’m not even gay.  That and I’ve been in this hysterical crying jag for years.  And then January 20th came, and it was as though the sun suddenly broke out “for the first time in my adult lifetime.” Or NOT.  But that seems to be how the Associated Press wants us to view our new Messiah-in-chief.

Most of the papers and media sources that are carrying the story of the AP poll conveniently leave out pertinent details that would bring the tone of the story WAY down if they were given attention.  Such as:

Of those who say the country is on the right track in the AP-GfK poll, 73 percent are Democrats, 17 percent are independents and 10 percent are Republicans.

I found myself wondering how Obama could have such high numbers from Democrats and such low numbers from Independents and Republicans.

So I checked the internal numbers (see page 21):

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There were over 64% more Democrats involved in the poll than Republicans.

And there’s STILL only a 4% difference between those who believed the country was headed in the right direction versus the wrong one.

And only 17% of independents believed the country was headed in the right direction.

And given the fact that the AP poll clearly ROUTINELY over-counts Democrats, is it really any wonder why it’s “the first time in years” that the US is on the right track?

So when you stop and think about it, that really sucks for Obama.  The mainstream media is having to go into overdrive to give him cover and make it seem like the country is actually happy with Obama.

Fox News, which despite what the left says is FAR more balanced and fair than mainstream sources like the AP, had this contrast between Obama and Bush:

Obama’s job approval rating comes in at 62 percent, down just three points from the 65 percent approval he received after his first week in office. Twenty-nine percent of Americans disapprove.

In addition, most people say Obama is doing a better job than they expected (26 percent) or meeting expectations (56 percent). Few say he is doing worse than expected (16 percent).

The president’s approval is nearly identical to the job rating George W. Bush received at the same point in his first term, as 63 percent of Americans approved and 22 percent disapproved (April 18-19, 2001). One noticeable difference is that approval of Obama is much more divided along partisan lines today than Bush’s ratings were eight years ago.

There is a wide 68 percentage point gap between the number of Democrats (92 percent) and Republicans (24 percent) who approve of the job Obama is doing. For Bush, there was a 50-point gap in April 2001.

So we find out two things: 1) Bush actually had a slightly BETTER approval rating after his first 100 days (so PLEASE stop making it sound as though Obama is the mostest popularest president ever EVER); and 2) Obama’s numbers are dramatically more partisan than were Bush’s.  Basically, Democrats are going ga-ga over him, while everyone else is tepid at best.

Did I mention that only 17% of Independents believe Obama is taking the country in the right direction?

For the sake of argument, let’s say that the AP poll – which is a totally biased piece of crap – were actually accurate.  My point would be that given the astonishingly liberal bias that is constantly thrust into our faces in the name of “news,” “journalism,” and “coverage,” and “analysis,” what the hell else would you expect?

5 Responses to “AP Brainwashes With Biased Bogus Obama Poll”

  1. G. A. Rowe Says:

    Anyone can put together a “poll” with the right questions asked and the right answers to choose from, and have the results come out any way they want!

    That is the reason I do not care for published polls. As far as I am concerned they are all fixed.

    Polls mean nothing. Oh, and BTW, Do YOU know anyone who was asked any of those questions? I don’t, and believe me when I say that I have NEVER been asked to participate in any of those so-called polls!

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    I’ve had some statistics training, and know that one CAN write a good and accurate poll. But I think the media generally isn’t interested in doing so. Take the presidential elections: I don’t put it past them to dishonestly poll until the very last poll (because it’s the only one that can be evaluated with the actual results).

    One can certainly “load” the results of a poll by asking loaded questions, by handpicking the sampling area/region (etc.), in order to obtain desired results.

    In this case, the goal was to have a result that – for the FIRST time in 5 years – had more people than not say the country was headed in the right direction. But when you look at the previous polls – and see that they routinely oversurvey Democrats – you can understand why previous polls DIDN’T think the country was headed in the right direction under Bush.

  3. Yossi Gestetner Says:

    The AP report writes that the approval rating of Bush 43 was ”in the high fifties” after his 100 days.

    Ccan I please have his EXACT number of a week BEFORE t 100 days? His numbers of April 16-20, just as Obama’s in this report is of April 16-20?
    After all, this report is pointing out the Bush numbers in the same news piece of Prez Obama’s PRE 100 days number. So… Can I please have bush’s last PRE-100 number, instead of his “high fifties of AFTER his 100”?

    Writing about bush’s ARTER numbers in t same article of obama’s pre 100 numbers is spin. All I know, Bush’s numbers might have slipt a few points in that very 100 days week, so in order to dramatize obama’s “HIGH” pre-100 number, the report didn’t wanna share Bush’s pre-100 number becouse Bush’s pre-100 (or perhaps his pre- April 20) numbers might VERY well be in the same range of obama’s 64 aproval (margin of error) poll number. So to hide this, AP talks about Bush’s post april 29/post 100 days numbers.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Yossi,
    I cite a Fox News story which reports a poll number at the same time taken for Bush as (if I remember) 63%. It’s in the article, so start checking there. This poll had Bush at one point over Obama.

    The thing is, there’s more than one poll out there, so it is rarely ever possible to come up with ONE number.

    But you’ve got the spirit of the media: slanted, biased, corrupt, dishonest, always spinning everything to its ideology.

  5. Steffie Says:

    I much prefer inmforaitve articles like this to that high brow literature.

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