Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Obama Controlled Media Runs Poll to Discredit Private Citizen Hockey Mom; Ignores Obama's Plummeting Ratings



It is only 2009, but the media is already running polls to prop up their chosen candidate for the presidential election in 2012. ABC News reported on a new poll that shows President Obama "trouncing Palin" in a potential 2012 match up. It is clear that with Obamacare in a free-fall, the "stimulus" failing, the deficit reaching record levels, and unemployment hovering at almost ten percent the media has decided to circle the wagons and protect Obama.

Here are a few polls that you would think that the media would be interested in:

Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ -- The strength of "conservative" over "liberal" in the realm of political labels is vividly apparent in Gallup's state-level data, where a significantly higher percentage of Americans in most states -- even some solidly Democratic ones -- call themselves conservative rather than liberal.

WSJ poll on Obamacare:

WASHINGTON -- Support for President Barack Obama's health-care effort has declined over the past five weeks, particularly among those who already have insurance, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found, amid prolonged debate over costs and quality of care.

Rasmussen poll on Obamacare:

Thirty-five percent (35%) of American voters say passage of the bill currently working its way through Congress would be better than not passing any health care reform legislation this year. However, a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that most voters (54%) say no health care reform passed by Congress this year would be the better option.

Obama's steady drop in the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 31% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -9 (see trends).

Obama's continuing loss of independents:

Independent voters are the canaries in the coal mine of American politics, telling a leader whether the air is safe or starting to fill up with some toxic gases.

Bearing that in mind, President Barack Obama and his team ought to start worrying about the health of those canaries.

Obama losing independents in the liberal stronghold of New Jersey:

New poll from Quinnipiac University (August 5 – 9, 1,301 RV, MoE +/- 2.7 %) shows President Obama's approval rating slipping to 56%, a five point decline from last month and down from his high of 68% in June.

As you might expect, Republican and Democratic attitudes about Obama are already fixed, so Obama's job rating decline in New Jersey this month is driven entirely by defections among Independent voters.

As you can see from the graphic below, Obama has lost a net of 19 points in his job rating with Independents in the last month, and is upside down with this group of voters for the first time

Virgina voters would rather see Palin campaign than Obama:

Buried inside the new Public Policy Polling survey of Virginia are two questions: How would voters react if President Obama campaigned for a Democratic candidate, and how would they react if former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) campaigned for the Republican?

The answer, in a state that voted 53-46 for Barack Obama in last year’s election? More people would go for Palin’s candidate, although most voters would prefer that neither politician weigh in

Oh, and here is a quick reminder of the "balance" among ABC journalists:

ABC journalists who donated to Obama/Biden: 130
ABC journalists who donated to Palin and her running mate: 4

An analysis of contributions to the Obama and McCain campaign shows that ABC employees contributed more than $160,000 to the Obama campaign versus less than $5,000 to the McCain campaign.

Here is some more research courtesy of IBD:



All this because a private citizen decided to post a Facebook note.

UPDATE: The Marist poll that ABC is reporting on was run from August 3rd through August 6th. It it now August 18th. I'm pretty sure some things happened between August 6th and August 18th. Namely, Palin got into the Obamacare debate and support for Obamacare plummeted. So, ABC ran with a two-week-old poll, the political landscape has changed dramatically in those two weeks, and yet that was not really mentioned by ABC in their analysis of the poll. Now that is Media Malpractice.

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