Thursday, October 10, 2013

More than 4 in 10 Republicans identify with Tea Party, AP reports

AP Buries the lede as Obama approval plunges to 37% - Mainstream ignores - Robert Laurie, Canada Free Press:

October 9, 2013 - "This morning, the Associate Press released the results of a new round of polling. The data focuses on the impact of Harry Reid’s fiasco, as the headline proudly proclaims that 'GOP gets the blame in shutdown.' Look a little deeper, however, and you find that they’ve buried the most interesting numbers....

"First, the study shows that the Tea Party is much larger than the left would like you to believe. 'The poll found that the tea party is ... a sizable — and divisive — force among Republicans. More than 4 in 10 Republicans identified with the tea party and were more apt than other Republicans to insist that their leaders hold firm in the standoff over reopening government'....

"Further down in their story, near the bottom, the AP buries the red meat: President Obama’s self-inflicted damage. 'Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it'....

"An approval rating of 37% is only one point higher than the approval of George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.... Bush’s 36% rating was considered by the mainstream media to be an indictment of a failed President whose administration was completely unraveling.... So far, they’re completely ignoring the fact that Obama is now in exactly the same predicament."

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