Fox News hates it when its own polls show public favor for Barack Obama


 The latest Fox News poll SHOWS an uptick in public approval of President Obama’s job performance (54 percent) and a corresponding downtick in disapproval (39 percent).

 But this improvement in Obama’s public standing isn’t  mentioned until the eleventh paragraph of the Fox News online report on the poll. Instead, the report highlights the poll’s finding that a “majority of Americans believe they will have to make changes to their health care coverage if the president’s plan is passed.”

 It isn’t until the twelfth paragraph of the report that we learn that majorities of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of the economy and the war in Afghanistan.

  Nor does the report mention that the gap between approval (44 percent) and disapproval (48 percent) of Obama’s handling of health-care reform is only barely outside the poll’s stated margin of error (3 percentage points), which means that it’s almost a push on that question.



  1. Pat the paper you blog on says some thing different unless I’m reading it wrong.

    It says in part to paraphrase…

    * President Obama’s rating is now 49 percent positive, 51 percent negative, compared with 51 percent positive and 49 percent negative in August. Although the month-on-month change is not statistically significant, the latest numbers are significantly worse than his ratings in all the other Harris Polls conducted since his inauguration.

  2. Roger: This post is about Fox News’ treatment of its own poll. It’s not about comparing the Fox poll with other surveys.

    But if you want to compare polls, I would refer you to the RealClearPolitics summary of recent polls, which shows an average approval rating of 53.2 percent for Obama:

    Notice that Obama’s approval ratings range from a high of 58 percent in the CNN poll to a low of 47 percent in the Rasmussen poll (which is flawed, in my view, because of its use of a “likely voters” model, a ridiculous device in a survey conducted 38 months before the next presidential election).

  3. Looks like that 48% disapproval of Obama’s health care plans may increase in future polls. The Democrats don’t care for the new tax initiatives outlined by Max Baucus’ latest proposal.


  4. Ah, Snuss comes up with another childish retort. It’s right up there with the classics like: “I know you are, but what am I?” Or: “Oh, yeah? Well, it takes one to know one.”

    Keep up the good work, Snuss.

  5. On the topic of truth telling: was Joe Wilson correct? Does the President intend to cover the illegals in this country or not?


  6. Back to the truth telling. Didn’t the President say he would not raise taxes on the middle class? Only on the “rich” people making more than 250k a year?
    From your own website today: “The Obama administration has privately concluded that a cap and trade law would cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion a year, the equivalent of hiking personal income taxes by about 15 percent.” Here’s the article.

    If the bill passes in this form and taxes do go up on the middle class some people may not be able to pay their utility bills, they might even die. Will the chant then be “Obama lied,people died”?

  7. expdoc,
    ‘Bush lied,people died’ was talking about the thousands of American servicemen and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi who died as a direct result of the ‘war of choice’ that Bush lied us into. Isn’t it kind of stretch to claim an equivalence between an unnecessary war and a theorectical tax increase?

  8. Dave,

    Obama wants cap and trade. This will result in a significant tax increase on all citizens with 15% estimated increase in taxes on the middle class as noted above. If the govt. has a someone’s money then they can’t spend it on themselves.

    Bush was President, Congress voted to support the Iraq war based on the best intelligence available at the time. He didn’t lie, at best (or worst) the intelligence was bad. Get over it.

    What about the war of choice in Afghanistan that Obama is likely to escalate? I suspect he will follow the advice of his military chiefs as he did with the missile defense shields that Pat highlighted yesterday. If he does will you scream for Obama’s head for escalating this war of choice Dave?

    Interesting that Obama followed right along with Orwell and when announcing he was cutting back on the previously promised missile defense coverage said it was a strengthening of coverage. Kind of like a politician who views spending 5% more when 8% had been planned as a spending cut. Ask the Czechs and the Poles if they feel safer now.

    Also interesting that the missile defense that Obama is deploying is a result of Star Wars research so often decried by the Dems in the 80’s.

  9. The whole “Bush lied, people died” freakazoids are just as bad as the 9/11 truthers, or than more likely, they’re the same people.

  10. What a curious turn of events. SNuss dismisses a poll commissioned by his beloved Fox News and instead embraces polls by Rasmussen and Zogby, despite their dubious methodology. The reason, of course, is that the Fox poll shows results that SNuss doesn’t like.

    The problem with Rasmussen polls, as I’ve noted here before, is that they employ a “likely voters” model, which is ridiculous in a survey conducted 38 months before the next presidential election.

    The problem with Zogby Interactive polls is that respondents are chosen from a database of volunteers, which is why the American Association for Public Opinion Research has deemed such polls to be unreliable.

    SNuss should check the RealClearPolitics summary of the latest polls, which even includes Rasmussen (along with Fox, Gallup, Democracy Corps, Pew, USA Today and CNN). The average among these polls shows Obama with an approval rating of 53.3 percent and a disapproval rating of 41.1.

    Check it out here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

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