WaPo Poll: Trouble for Obama

President Barack Obama's poll ratings remain steady despite swirling controversies, according to a new Washington Post poll. The economy is faring better, which is serving as a counterweight to the IRS and Benghazi scandals, thereby helping the president. But the polling numbers should concern the White House when respondents directly addressed the IRS and Benghazi scandals. Even Nixon's numbers didn't tank immediately as the Watergate scandal unfolded (and Nixon had a sickly economy dragging him down at the time, too). As anyone who understands polling appreciates, a poll is merely a snapshot, a moment in time. Trends are what count -- and events as they unfold. Public perceptions typically lag behind events. The Post poll was in the field in early May and sampled adults, with registered voters as a subset (better to have screened for likely voters; the results may have been even more troublesome for the president). The sampling error was plus or minus 3.5%. There are certainly...(Read Full Article)

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