Today Politico, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the Moderate Voice all breathlessly report that while the negative campaign has brought down the popularity of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the president leads Mitt by 6 points in the latest NBC/WSJ poll.
I was at the Weaver/Golnik debate so I missed the release of the poll but Allahpundit was home and noticed something important.
The 2008 national exit poll sample, taken when Hopenchange fever was at its zenith, was 39D/32R/29I, or D+7. This one, after three years of Obamanomics dreck, is somehow D+11 if you include leaners and D+12(!) if you don’t. Anyone feel like taking these results seriously?
Bottom line in a poll 46% Democrat and 35% Republican, yet with an 11 point advantage the president only manages a 6 point lead.
It gets more interesting if you look at the internals.
One of the topics asked about was Obamacare, according to the internals 40% of the respondents favored it while 44% opposed it.
So in the poll the number of people who supported Obamacare was 13% below the total number of Democrats in the poll, while the number of people who opposed Obamacare was over 25% greater than the number of Republicans polled.
The obvious question is this. Considering that we are in an internet age and the internals of this poll are available why on earth would NBC/WSJ even bother to release a poll so skewed that it can be debunked in about 19 seconds?
The answer lies in the links I lead with. Each of the sites primary audience consists of leftists and none of them mention the D11 split.
This poll has nothing to do with reporting the state of the race, it has everything to do with convincing the left that president Obama is not in the trouble he is in.
For us on the right willing to actually read the internals of this poll and know what it means it says one thing:
If they are playing these games in July you can’t imagine what will happen in October.
Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn
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