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CBS Poll sees downward slide in Obama’s approval rating, but Gallup sees it rising

If you’re like me (which, of course, you don’t really want to be), you would find it fun in a way to explore the disparity between a new CBS Poll and the latest Gallup Daily Tracking Poll on the question of President Obama’s job-approval rating.

CBS (HERE) has Obama’s approval rating six percentage points to the downside, 41-47. Gallup (HERE) has it six points to the upside, 49-43.

The difference is not all that dramatic when you consider that both polls have a stated margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

What strikes me, however, is that CBS represents its numbers as an indication of a downward trend in Obama’s approval rating, while Gallup sees an upward trend.

One possible explanation of this dichotomy is that CBS is comparing its latest figures with those from a poll of a month ago, while Gallup is showing a trend in a three-day rolling average.

Gallup conducts its poll every day, and each day it reports a three-day rolling average. Yesterday’s report on Obama’s approval rating showed an increase of two percentage points over the previous day’s report.

Putting it another way, Gallup sees an upward trend in just the past few days, while CBS sees a downward trend in a month-to-month comparison.

The CBS poll was conducted last Wednesday through Sunday. Gallup’s three-day rolling average covers polling conducted Friday through Sunday.

(NOTE: If you click on the link to the Gallup poll after Noon (CDT) today, you’ll likely get updated results, which well may differ from those cited in this post.)

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  1. AngryMobVoter

    Obama’s presidency has all about campaigning. He does not care about the American people. All he wants to do is get elected for a second term so he can continue his liberal / radical war on the American Dream.

    Obama is intent on rewarding the people who do not put forth an effort to better themselves and do the right things and punish those of us who do work hard to achieve and do the right things.

    Anyone who had a “clunker” which was fuel efficient was not eligible for “Cash For Clunkers” but those who had bought cars with poor gas mileage were rewarded. It is those of us who work who subsidize the 46 million on food stamps many of whom don’t put out much effort to better themselves. It is those of us who want to work who will be hurt by Obama’s “Class Warfare” since that will send even more jobs out of the country.

    Obama’s “Class Warfare” is not class warfare against the rich, it is class warfare against the good American people who work hard and do the right things. More and more American people are tired of supporting the people who do not want to work hard and succeed but instead want to live off the our tax dollars (government).

    Obama believes in RECKLESS SPENDING, HIGH TAXES, and INTRUSIVE REGULATION. Obama started the class warfare rhetoric and he is the enemy of freedom and the American Dream. He completely ignored the will of the people when he rammed a healthcare bill into law and he used dirty backroom deals to do it. Obama is the most divisive President in history. The sooner the American people can vote him out of office, the sooner we will see job growth.

    Obama has 46 million voters which have been bought and paid for with food stamps. He has all of the public employee and private unions in his corner. The polls should not even be close. That shows how bad Obama is.

    Obama is not just too liberal, he is RADICAL.

    Obama has made it perfectly clear he wants Americans out of our cars with his war on domestic production. I am still waiting for someone to explain how I can go on a modest driving vacation with an electric car. Those 8 hour pit stops would be a waste of valuable time.
    Obama is trying to push America to use technologies that still are not cost competitive with oil. Obama thinks he should dictate the lifestyle of the American people instead of the other way around.

    When gas is at $4 or $5 a gallon, visualize a tanker being loaded with oil from Canada about to set sail for China.

    Then make sure to “thank” Mr. Obama when you vote.

    The average American is paying a high price to support Obama’s liberal / radical agenda.

  2. AngryMobVoter: Thank you for your comment. Now ya’ll don’t forget to vote today, ya heah?

  3. tex: Actually, AngryMobVoter’s IP address indicates that he’s from the Pittsburgh area. But I’m guessing that he moved there from the central part of the state. I base that on the old adage that Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between. He sounds like an Alabaman, doesn’t he?

  4. RedRover

    COMPARE AND CONTRAST:

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    President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he viewed the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by a U.S. soldier, as seriously as if those killed had been Americans.

    “The U.S. takes this as seriously as if it were our own citizens and our own children who were murdered,” Obama said at the White House.

    http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/13/10663423-obama-killing-afghans-as-serious-as-killing-americans

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    The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, an investigation by the Bureau for the Sunday Times has revealed.

    The findings are published just days after President Obama claimed that the drone campaign in Pakistan was a “targeted, focused effort” that “has not caused a huge number of civilian casualties”.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/02/05/u_s_drones_targeting_rescuers_and_mourners/singleton/

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    Obama Jokes About Killing Jonas Brothers With Predator Drones
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWKG6ZmgAX4

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    WHEN WILL THE PRESS CONFRONT OBAMA WITH THE EVIDENCE THAT, LIKE THAT SERGEANT IN AFGHANISTAN, HE HAS BEEN MURDERING CIVILIANS (WITH DRONES) FOR HIS ENTIRE TIME IN OFFICE?

    HOW CAN AMERICANS EXPECT THAT THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN WILL VIEW OBAMA’S DRONE KILLINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN THE MY LAI SLAUGHTER IN KANDAHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN?

  5. Pat says: He sounds like an Alabaman, doesn’t he?

    You can bet your cheesy grits on that!

    Pat says: Pennsylvania is Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.

    So would that make AngryMob, a Cracker Quaker?

  6. Fred Evil

    “Obama is not just too liberal, he is RADICAL.”
    Anyone who says this isn’t worth listening to. Obama is a centrist, and the only folks who find that offensive are radical conservatives.
    Why do you cons keep trying to pull us to the hard right?

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