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Clogged Drain at the WashPost

A Washington Post story, quoted by Greg over at Sixers, struck me funny.  Speaking about a Laura Bush campaign trip to Ohio, the Post says: “The president’s approval ratings may be in the drain, but the first lady still regularly scores in the high sixties.” In the drain?? The ratings are not spectacular, but they’re rising. Look at the trend. USA Today has him up to 44 percent, L.A. Times-Bloomberg at 45. Try May or June if you want to locate “the drain,” when it was 10 points or so lower.

And on favorability ratings, consider the latest Zogby America poll has Bush at 51 percent favorable, 47 percent unfavorable. That’s not “the drain” either. Or does the WashPost want everyone to think “drain” as long as possible?

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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