POLL ABUSE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The Associated Press? Skew­ing a poll? Uh-oh. Some an­a­lysts have deemed Pres­i­dent Obama’s “bin Laden bounce” short-lived, pre­dict­ing he could ex­pect only mod­estly im­proved fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ings af­ter the death of the ter­ror­ist leader. Re­in­force­ments ar­rived, though. A much bal­ly­hooed AP poll now says that Mr. Obama’s ap­proval rate now stands at 60 per­cent, with 53 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say­ing he de­serves to be re-elected. Press watch­dogs at Ho­tAir.com and Newsbusters are among those who say the find­ings are suspect.

Na­tional Re­view cor­re­spon­dent Jim Geraghty also took a close look at the wire ser­vice’s method­ol­ogy to find that among the re­spon­dents, 46 per­cent iden­ti­fied them­selves as Demo­crat or lean­ing Demo­crat, 29 per­cent iden­tify as Repub­li­can or lean­ing Repub­li­can; re­main­ing 4 per­cent were in­de­pen­dent, 20 per­cent un­de­cided.

“With a poll sam­ple that has a 17-per­cent­age point mar­gin in fa­vor of the Democrats, is any­one sur­prised that these re­sults look like a David Ax­el­rod dream?” Mr. Geraghty asks.

Conser va­tive ac­tivists are press­ing Se­nate Repub­li­can lead­ers to tap Sen. Jim DeMint for an open seat on the Fi­nance Com­mit­tee.

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