In today’s edition of polls the media will collectively ignore, a new AP-GFK polls finds that Barack Obama’s job approval rating has plummeted to 37%. The President’s disapproval rating is up to 53%. There is no good news in this poll for anyone, but if past is prologue, this is the number the media will pretend does not exist as they attempt to manufacture a reality in which only the GOP is in trouble over the shutdown.
While the poll shows that 62% blame the GOP for the shutdown and “[a]bout half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility,” here are other important numbers the media will ignore in this poll:
Both Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democrat Senate Majority Leader share a dismal 18% favorability rating.
A full 52% of those polled believe, “Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown; 63 percent say Republicans aren’t doing enough to cooperate with him.”
Obviously, there is a pox on both houses happening here, but the headline of this poll from the AP and other publications distributing it, including the Washington Post, is “GOP Gets the Blame In Shutdown.”
As for the number showing the public blaming the GOP 2-to-1 over Democrats, that is way outside what other polls released as recently as Monday show. While the GOP are receiving most of the blame, other polls show the spread between Republicans and Democrats is in single digits.
Republicans shouldn’t dismiss the number in this poll. It could be an outlier, or a trend. The media have been shamelessly lying and carrying Obama’s water in this debate, and it is possible that the media’s propaganda is having an effect.
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