Thursday, June 18, 2009

dueling headlines

there's a new NYT/CBS poll out. check out the headlines put out by each of the poll sponsors:

NYT: "Obama Poll Sees Doubt on Budget and Health Care"

CBS: "Poll: No Dent In Obama's Popularity"

pretty different spins, eh? actually, when i look at actual poll numbers (pdf), i think the NYT headline is the most misleading. obama's approval ratings are higher than his disapproval on health care and the economy. it's just that the approval numbers for those specific issues are not quite as high as his overall approval rating of 63%.

there are two places where the public does not seem to be behind obama. the CBS article's subheading really hits the nail on the head: "CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Approval Stays At 63%; High Marks On Economy, Foreign Policy, Though Not Auto Industry Or Deficit."