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.