Steve Benen: A new Associated Press-GfK poll offers fairly predictable results about public attitudes on the economy: Americans are deeply unhappy … And yet, while Republicans may be encouraged by the dour attitudes, the same poll shows the GOP struggling badly:
…. the growing pessimism doesn’t seem to be taking a toll on President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects … there has been no significant change in the number of people who say he deserves re-election: 47 percent as opposed to 48 percent two months ago. That’s a statistical dead heat with those who favor a change in the White House.
And more Americans still blame former President George W. Bush rather than Obama for the economic distress. Some 31 percent put the bulk of the blame on Obama, while 51 percent point to his Republican predecessor ….. Americans are angry, frustrated, and pessimistic about the economy, but most of the public just doesn’t see Obama as the main culprit.
Indeed, even now, not only are Americans more inclined to blame Bush, the AP poll found that 44% put “a lot” or “most” of the blame on congressional Republicans, noticeably more than the 36% who point to congressional Democrats ….. Republicans aren’t benefiting from voters’ frustrations at all. They remain more unpopular and more likely to get blamed…..
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Note the President’s approval rating in this poll: 47%. That’s eight points higher than Gallup’s figure – even Republican Rasmussen have him at 44%.
But guess which figure the media is reporting?