Palin’s Poll Numbers Falling! But What About Obama’s?! — Larry Elder

Look at CNN, the organization that markets itself as real, nonpartisan news. In a recent three-month period, there were 26 instances in which a CNN newscast used the words “Obama” and “approval” and “Gallup.” But the words “Obama” and “approval” and “Rasmussen” appeared in only one CNN news show.

What’s the diff?

Gallup samples “adults.” This includes people, especially the young and mostly liberal, who feel strongly about lots of things — until it’s time to show up and vote. Rasmussen, on the other hand, samples “likely voters” — the folks the politicians give a rip about. They vote them in office or throw them out.

Numbers go up and down. But next year — a semi-eternity in politics — the entire House goes up for re-election, as does a third of the Senate. As we approach this first referendum on Obama, politicians, if not CNN, pay attention to the “likelies.”

How are the likelies liking him now?

Likely voters now put Obama at less than 50 percent, below the 53 percent who voted for him in November. Of his performance, 29 percent say they “strongly approve.” But 39 percent say they “strongly disapprove.”

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