Brutal NYT/CBS Poll for Obama


The New York Times is burrying the lead on their latest poll. The numbers are just brutal for the White House:

  • 70% of Americans feel things in this country are seriously off on the wrong track. That is the highest number since the 79% registered in 1/11/09 when President Bush was still in office.
  • 80% rate the national economy as bad (44% fairly/36% very). Only 19% rate it as good (2% very/17% fairly).
  • 39% think the economy is getting worse, only 23% say it is getting better. Last month those numbers were even at 26. In February they were flipped at 32% better, 22% worse.
  • 57% disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy. That is the highest disapproval measured by the CBS/NYT poll. His 38% approval is matched only once by a pre-Democractic election wipe out October poll.
  • 59% disapprove of Obama’s handling of the federal budget. Also the highest CBS/NYT has ever measured that number.
  • Obama’s Libya approval numbers have completely flipped from 50/29 approve in March to 45/39 disapprove today.

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Note the fine print about this poll:

This poll was conducted among a random sample of 1,224 adults nationwide, interviewed by telephone April 15-20, 2011.
The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points.
The error for subgroups is higher.
An oversample of Republicans was also conducted for this poll, for a total of 543 interviews among this group.
The results were then weighted in proportion to the average party distributions in previous 2011 CBS News and CBS News/New York Times Polls and in the random sample in this poll.

1st, adults, not registered voters, much less likely voters.
2nd weighted to favor Republicans.
3rd claiming the polling is highly inaccurate when sub-groups are concerned.

Funny, I don’t recall this fine print in most of the NYTimes or CBS’ polls when Obama is highly favored.

Seriously, what is the point of a poll if you have to skew it?
Qestion, is this an apple or an orange? Now what do you like better, apple juice or orange juice? If you like orange juice I assume you don’t like apple pie?

I mean that’s about as relevant as I find these polls.

IT IS BRUTAL, for a good reason, that is the AMERICANS ARE PAYING ATTENTION ,
and paying with their pocket book.