We all know that poll information should be taken with a grain of salt, but the latest Wall Street Journal NBC poll brought out a couple of points, that you won’t see in the old media.
Several pieces I’ve read, and pundits I’ve seen, have tried to make a comparison between the President’s approval ratings and the dismal approval rates of congress. The most obvious and glaring error is that several pieces seemed to ignore the fact that there were two parties on the Hill right now, one even went so far as to refer to the “GOP congress.” Many bloggers corrected this – apparently the reporter was unaware that congress is currently split. In fact when approval rates for both parties were questioned independently, the rates were equal within the margin of error.
Another little piece of propaganda making the rounds is that the Republicans in the house are being blamed by the public for the S&P downgrade. While the Republicans did get the blame 30%, and Obama’s rate was only 13% – the Democrats in congress got another 15% so again, that is equal blame within the margin of error, Dem v Rep, and 15% of respondents blamed them both anyway. If I had to answer this question I would be hard pressed to decide between Dems in congress and the President, a better question would have been just R v D or both.
I’ve also seen many liberals trying to promote the idea that the Tea Party is unpopular. Actually polls have shown consistently that they are as popular, if not more so, than either political party. This despite massive efforts on the part of the Democrat Party and the old media to misrepresent their motives and their message, and despite the fact that there is basically no organization or identifiable leadership at all. I’d venture to guess that if the left could get as many Americans to label themselves a Progressive, they’d call game over and hoist the Hammer & Sickle over the Capitol.
So those are a couple of the items that have been misrepresented, but far more interesting are the numbers they didn’t give you at all.
Asked about their preference for the makeup of congress after the election in 2012, 47% of respondents preferred a Republican controlled congress, verses only 41% for Democrats.
Even more interesting, respondents were asked to identify which statement reflected their views:
“A: The President and Congress should worry more about boosting the economy even though it may mean larger budget deficits now and in the future”
“B: The President and Congress should worry more about keeping the budget deficit down, even though it may mean it will take longer for the economy to recover”
The respondents chose B by an 18% margin – 56% to 38%!
Clearly the public is moving away from the big spending “anything goes” methodology of the Democrats, and toward a more disciplined fiscal approach. Thank heavens for the good sense of most of the American public. As Thomas Jefferson said “Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”