Flash: Fox News poll shows Obama’s job-approval numbers pretty much even

A poll released last night by Fox News affords an ideal opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. Bird No. 1 is the widespread misimpression that more Americans disapprove than approve of President Obama’s performance in his job. Bird No. 2 is the tendency among most people to ignore or misinterpret the margin of error in public-opinion polls. The new Fox poll puts the president’s approval rating at 44 percent and his disapproval rating at 49 percent. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into a five-point gap....

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Fox News poll on Benghazi tainted by blatantly loaded question

There was a time when I frequently noted here that I trusted the public opinion polls commissioned by Fox News, even though I usually disagreed with the spin Fox News put on much of what it reported. It seemed to me that the Fox polls, conducted by an independent firm, rarely produced results that were far out of whack with those of other major polls. But lately I’ve become distrustful of the Fox surveys — mainly because the questions asked in those polls sometimes are loaded. For example, in a Fox poll released this morning...

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Fox News poll: Most Americans more likely to vote against politicians who oppose background checks

As I’ve said here on numerous occasions, the public opinion polls commissioned by Fox News generally are trustworthy, no matter the network’s notorious bias in reporting the news. The latest Fox poll is a GOOD EXAMPLE: When an expansion of background checks for guns failed to pass the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, the president urged his supporters to vote background-check opponents out of office. The new poll, released Tuesday, finds voters may heed the president’s call. Some 61 percent say they would be less likely to support...

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Fox News poll: Most Americans think the Boston bombs were not the work of Islamic terrorists

Let me stipulate at the outset here that there’s no reason to think of polls commissioned by Fox News as biased, no matter the network’s reputation for inaccuracy. That said, HERE are a few results of a quickie poll sponsored by Fox: By a wide 62-20 percent margin, voters think homegrown terrorists are more likely than Islamic terrorists to have been behind the Boston attacks.  Nineteen percent are unsure. In general, voters say homegrown terrorists like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh (51 percent) pose a greater threat on...

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Fox News spins its own poll, which actually shows broad support for gun control

On more than one occasion over the past five years, I’ve noted that Fox News sometimes tries to downplay results of its own polls that don’t comport with the network’s ideological slant. Such is the case with the latest Fox poll on the issue of gun control. The network’s Web site plays up poll results indicating public favor for wider ownership of firearms, but downplays, by comparison, results showing broad support for President Obama’s gun-control proposals. In THIS REPORT published yesterday on the Fox News...

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