Are bottom and top changing places?
While I’m not a supporter of Sarah Palin, I said the other week, on the basis of seeing her performance on O’Reilly, that she was going to run for president. I also said that given Obama’s calamitous leadership, and given the fact that Palin is the Un-Obama and has a passionate following, she could be a plausible candidate. This week Obama’s approval rating (according to Gallup) has gone down to 47 percent (for a first year president!), while Palin’s approval rating (according to CNN) has risen to 46 percent (for someone widely considered a joke!). The despised rube has caught up with the god king.
John M. writes:
Let us pray that she never becomes president. She is a false messiah for conservatives, and many liberals are projecting some sort of white nationalist Joan of Arc image on her, which she clearly isn’t. And yet she’ll be like George W. Bush 2.0, and conservatism and traditionalist defense of white America will be blamed for any of her failings. Even if she grants amnesty to all the illegal aliens living here, and immigration skyrockets, which it tends to do under the leadership of pro-business “conservatives,” she’ll still be boxed as a pro-white America conservative.Todd White writes:
Certain media outlets, echoed by you, are comparing apples and oranges. There’s a difference between “favorability ratings” and “job approval ratings.” Favorability ratings for politicians are almost always higher than job approval ratings (for understandable reasons; just because a politician is likable doesn’t mean he or she is doing a good job). Therefore the one-point gap between Palin’s “favorability rating” and Obama’s “job approval rating” is not impressive at all.LA replies:
I take your point the two polls are using different measures and do not represent a direct match-up between Obama and Palin. Still, I think you’re missing the significance of the findings. Obama’s job approval has dropped in an unprecedentedly precipitous manner for a president in his first year, while Palin’s favorability has dramatically and unexpectedly risen. I don’t know off-hand what her favorability was four months ago, but surely it was a good deal lower than 46 percent. The upshot is that something that would have been considered inconceivable a few months ago is now conceivable and even likely: a plausible Palin challenge to Obama.Todd White replies:
I certainly don’t disagree with your conclusion that Palin is in a stronger position and Obama is in a weaker position than they were several months ago. However, I do think the conservative media outlets are distorting today’s polls in such a negligent way that I’m almost tempted to say it’s dishonest. For example, right now, Drudge’s headline is “Poll: Palin Pulls Within 1-Point of Obama.” That, as I pointed, is flat-out wrong because he (and others) are comparing 2 different poll questions.LA replies:
You are correct that the headline at Drudge is incorrect and misleading. However, that headline is only reflecting the headline that it links to: “Shocker polls: That Sarah Palin-Barack Obama gap melts to 1 point.” Moreover, that headline does not appear in a conservative outlet but in an online article by Andrew Malcolm at the Los Angeles Times, one of the leading liberal newspapers in America. Is the LA Times / Malcolm trying to advance Palin, or is it just, somewhat dishonestly, sensationalizing an already remarkable development the way journalists do?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 08, 2009 11:56 AM | Send