Despite the widespread notion among conservative pundits that the condition of the nation’s economy is cause for Americans to regret having elected Barack Obama president, the latest Fox News poll (HERE) suggests that the public doesn’t necessarily see it that way.
Seventy-four percent of respondents in the survey commissioned by Fox and conducted earlier this week say the economic situation would be no better (54 percent) – or even worse (20 percent) – if John McCain had defeated Obama.
In another interesting result, a plurality of respondents SAID they would prefer Obama to George W. Bush for president if they had a choice. The margin in Obama’s favor was 8 percentage points, which is a little wider than the margin of 7.2 percentage points by which Obama defeated McCain in the popular vote of 2008.
These results should stand as evidence that polls sponsored by Fox — just like polls sponsored by other major media organizations — are free of political bias.
Yet, I can’t count the number of times that Applesauce commenters have contended that polls commissioned by certain networks, magazines or newspapers are not to be trusted. Such nonsense ignores the fact that all the big media outfits hire reputable, independent firms to conduct their polls and don’t want results that are biased.