Skeptics and believers alike were shocked by the results of a recent Associated Press poll, showing President Barack Obama at a 60 percent approval rating.
Experts suggested the news of Osama bin Laden’s “recent” death played a primary role in putting Obama’s approval rating at its highest point in two years. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a press conference on Monday that citizens must be responding “to the drive that (Obama) has.”
But in a blog for National Review Online, Jim Geraghty says there’s a different reason for the jump in numbers.
“It is a poll of adults, which isn’t surprising; as I mentioned yesterday, you don’t have to be a registered or likely voter to have an opinion on the president. But then you get to the party ID: 46 percent identify as Democrat or leaning Democrat, 29 percent identify as Republican or leaning Republican, 4 percent identify as purely independent leaning towards neither party, and 20 percent answered, ‘I don’t know.’” Geraghty said.
“With a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats, is anyone surprised that these results look like a David Axelrod dream?”