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July 31, 2009

MSNBC Spins Obama's Bad Poll Numbers: "Forget the Polls!"

MSNBC Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is absolutely shameless. After years of mentioning President Bush's low numbers in the same breath as his name, MSNBC is furiously spinning for President Obama:

But according to Peter D. Hart, the pollster who conducts the NBC/Journal survey with Republican Bill McInturff, poll numbers don't always tell the entire story.

Ah, now they want to talk about nuance.

That’s why Hart held a focus group Wednesday in the Baltimore area with 12 self-described independents to evaluate the first six months of Obama's presidency.

Really? You want us to ignore the polls because you put twelve blue-state independents in a room and they expressed cautious support for the President? Fuck. Me. Sideways.

The breakdown:

Seven of these independents voted for Obama in last November’s presidential contest, four voted for Republican John McCain and one voted for Ralph Nader. All the participants were white men and women, except for one African-American man.

While a few of them expressed negative opinions about Obama — saying they were “worried” or “afraid” — those who voted for him remained mostly supportive. And even half of the McCain voters said they were pulling for the president.

Got it. Thirty-nine percent of voters strongly disapprove of the President's performance, but we should keep in mind that ten independents from Maryland are pulling for him. Bully!


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