With the media fully engaged in minute by minute updates of Hurricane Sandy as it creeps across the East Coast of the United States, some odd shifts in polling data appears to be suggesting Barack Obama, with ample help from his Mainstream Media allies, is attempting a political “comeback kid” scenario. Will it work?
Take this polling headline from this morning via the Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC track: 49 Romney, 48 Obama, three days running
This headline has now already been regurgitated by various other media sources – almost all of them indicating the race is now tightening once again – Romney’s momentum has slowed while Obama support appears to be once again on the rise.
The Washington Post then goes on to state the candidates are virtually tied on the issue of taxes and health care? Taxes and healthcare? No mention is made in the Post’s summary of their own poll regarding this question they posed to potential voters – or the results:
Q: Regardless of who you support, which candidate do you trust to do a better job handling the economy – (Obama) or (Romney)? (Among likely voters)
OBAMA: 45% ROMNEY: 50%
The economy is of course THE issue of this election cycle, and the Washington Post made NO mention of the fact Mitt Romney holds a commanding 5-point advantage on this very issue. Instead, the Post chooses to focus on “taxes” and “health care” in their summary report of their polling data. Uh-huh…
And now here is the kicker – the very last question of this poll, which again, the Washington Post does not mention in their summary report:
Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a… (Among likely voters)
Yet another national poll that gives Democrats a considerable polling sample advantage – this time a Democrat over-sample of 7 points cooked into the polling data. What is clear now is a concerted push by the Mainstream Media to somehow paint Barack Obama as staging some incredible comeback in the final days of the election to convince still undecided voters he is worthy of their support because, well, he really is a winner. Really! Trust us, say the media. Barack Obama is a winner! We have the polls that prove it. (Though of course, even with a 7-point over-sample advantage Obama is still trailing Mitt Romney – but they would have you ignore that fact.) Whether or not this last ditch effort to save Barack Obama works is up to you – the voter.
So, given that knowledge, the TRUE headline of this latest poll should read:
Obama Can’t Even Win Poll Of Likely Voters With +7 Advantage
Or perhaps you can think of another more appropriate headline. Feel free to leave it in the comments section below.