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Rasmussen Reports [Only Part of the Unfolding Obama Story]

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Polling on the president, Democrats, congressional Democratic leaders, and this health-care plan all seems to show that Democrats are in bad, awful, terrible shape. What I like most about this Rasmussen Reports article is how pathetically the pollster strains to find “one bright spot in the numbers” for President Obama:

One bright spot in the numbers for the President is that 51% of voters still say former President George W. Bush is more to blame for the nation’s economic woes. Just 41% point the finger of blame at the current President.

Really. Bright spot? What if I told this fella — and I shouldn’t have to; he studies trends for a living and should know — that 75% of those polled in July of last year blamed Bush? And what if I told him that by July of this year that number had come down to 56%? Far from a bright spot, it appears to be cause for great concern to Obama: President Bush is gaining on him in favor and improving his image as people look back on his presidency in their rear-view, even if today the snapshot of a trend shows a bare majority still blaming ol’ Dubya.

Oh, and one more thing: yes, “just” 41% blame Obama, the Rasmussen analyst (or reporter, or intern) says. But in July, only 29% did. So it’s not just that Bush is losing the blame; it’s that Obama, and not someone else — not Congress, not the Fed, not Leader Reid, not Speaker Pelosi — happens also to be earning it quite effectively.