One of the biggest headlines of the day should include the fact that, according to an Associated Press poll, Obama’s approval has tanked to an astounding 37%. This piece of data should provoke a stand-alone story in and of itself.
Instead, the 37% approval gets a single sentence in the seventh paragraph of a story titled “POLL: GOP Gets the Blame In Shutdown.”
Here are the first three paragraphs of the story.
Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes.
The Associated Press-GfK survey, out Wednesday, affirms expectations by many in Washington — Republicans among them — that the GOP may end up taking the biggest hit in public opinion from the fiscal paralysis, just as that party did when much of the government closed 17 years ago. But the situation is fluid nine days into the shutdown and there’s plenty of disdain to go around.
Overall, 62 percent mainly blamed Republicans for the shutdown. About half said Obama or the Democrats in Congress bear much responsibility.
Here’s the disaster data they hid seven paragraphs down.
Most Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job, the poll suggests, with 53 percent unhappy with his performance and 37 percent approving of it.
This means Obama has lost 7% of his approval in a matter of weeks, yet AP claims America throws all the blame at Republicans?
Granted, Congress has a lower approval rating, but that has been the case for years. How often does America have a President with only 37% approval?