Our Failed Political Press
Der Tiger Beat Auf Dem Potomac (Thanks Charlie with an assist from MPS’ patron saint Watertiger) begins their morning email with a Drudge-like siren!
SIREN — A new national poll from USA TODAY/Suffolk University pegs President JOE BIDEN’s approval rating at 38%. Things are worse for VP KAMALA HARRIS, who scores a 28% job approval.
Other bad numbers in the poll:
— 16% of those who voted for him say Biden has done a worse job as president than they expected.
— 44% of independents say he’s done worse than they expected.
— 64% say they don’t want Biden to run for reelection, including 28% of Democrats.
Silver lining: The survey was conducted Wednesday through Friday, after the Democrats’ Election Day drubbing but before passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which receives high marks in the poll (61% support).
Opinions differ, according to Upchuck Todd:
WASHINGTON — Our most recent NBC News poll asked respondents about their social media consumption, and the results told a clear story that doesn’t require 280 characters…
Approve of Biden’s job as president
- All adults: 42 percent
- Facebook users: 42 percent
- Twitter users: 57 percent
- TikTok users: 50 percent
- Non-users: 40 percent
Positive feelings towards Trump
- All adults: 38 percent
- Facebook users: 36 percent
- Twitter users: 19 percent
- TikTok users: 27 percent
- Non-users: 46 percent
Prefer Democrats control Congress in 2022
- All adults: 47 percent
- Facebook users: 47 percent
- Twitter users: 65 percent
- TikTok users: 59 percent
- Non-users: 45 percent
Prefer Republicans control Congress in 2022
- All adults: 45 percent
- Facebook users: 45 percent
- Twitter users: 28 percent
- TikTok users: 35 percent
- Non-users: 45 percent
OK, so apples and oranges, right? Well, not really. The NBC Poll is also a national poll, the social media numbers is just an interesting cross tab. Upchuck reveals his framing thusly:
[Shorter Upchuck BEFORE the numbers: “pay no attention to the good news”]
Twitter isn’t real life — at least when it comes to party identification and political attitudes…
[Shorter Upchuck AFTER the numbers: “if you believe this is good news you’re a fool!”]
It’s all a reminder: If you’re getting your political news from Twitter, seeing what’s trending on the platform, or trying to influence the debate there — you’re missing out on a good chunk of the country.
And that’s how you take good poll numbers for President Handsome Joe Biden and spin them as Good News For John McCain.
UPDATE 1: CNN polls about the same as NBC. So whaddup, Politico?