Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Pessimistic Approval?

These polls differ by a few points, but it's pretty interesting how news organizations spin a relatively small difference in polling numbers into widely different headlines:

Poll: Majority Give Bush Good Job Approval Mark

Americans Show Clear Concerns on Bush Agenda

Well, they're both right. Bush's approval rating is between 51% and 54%, but both polls show concern that the Iraq war was a mistake and, regardless of whether respondents approved of the war to begin with, nearly 75% are worried about the way things are going there now. Two-thirds of all those polled in the NYT/CBS poll, including a majority of Republicans, believe that cutting the deficit is more important than cutting taxes.

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