It is not like we were oblivious to the attacks coming from the liberal left wing of the democratic party all of 2009. According to Homeland Security, anyone that has actually read the Constitution might be considered a right wing domestic terrorist. Remember when Nancy Pelosi said that the astroturfing tea partiers were brandishing swastikas, and spouting rhetoric that might incite violence? What about being called tea-baggers, racists, and the angry mob? The instances went on for months, and they are a page right out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules For Radicals‘.
So I am not surprised to see that the Dems have gone after Scott Rasmussen of Rasmussen Reports. Barack Obama’s worsening poll numbers have nothing to do with terrorist attacks, vacations, golfing, 10% unemployment, yada, yada, yada. It’s all because Scott Rasmussen is underpolling Bambi.
Low favorables: Dems rip Rasmussen
Democrats are turning their fire on Scott Rasmussen, the prolific independent pollster whose surveys on elections, President Obama’s popularity and a host of other issues are surfacing in the media with increasing frequency.
The pointed attacks reflect a hardening conventional wisdom among prominent liberal bloggers and many Democrats that Rasmussen Reports polls are, at best, the result of a flawed polling model and, at worst, designed to undermine Democratic politicians and the party’s national agenda.
On progressive-oriented websites, anti-Rasmussen sentiment is an article of faith. “Rasmussen Caught With Their Thumb on the Scale,” blared the Daily Kos this summer. “Rasmussen Reports, You Decide,” the blog Swing State Project recently headlined in a play on the Fox News motto.
Divert attention from your steadily worsening situation due to your own actions by blaming someone else.
Nothing, however, sets off liberal teeth gnashing more than Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking polls, which throughout the year have consistently placed Obama’s approval numbers around 5 percentage points lower than other polling outfits.
“He polls less favorably for Democrats, and that’s why he’s become a lightning rod,” said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin political scientist who studies polling. “It’s clear that his results are typically more Republican than the other person’s results.”
On Saturday, Dec. 26, for example, Rasmussen’s daily tracking had Obama’s approval at 44 percent, with a disapproval figure of 56 percent. A Real Clear Politics compilation of other pollsters, meanwhile, showed Obama with an average approval figure of 49.5 percent and disapproval of 45.1 percent.
“He’s been underpolling Obama all year,” said Boehlert. “People start thinking, ‘There’s something going on here.’”
If there is any underpolling occurring, it’s with the actual percentages of Americans that are waking up and getting very angry about all the red ink, the czars, the mandated healthcare, etc. A perfect example is the poll I was looking at yesterday; “47% Believe States Should Have Right to Opt Out of Health Care Plan“. AYFKM? Only 47% of Americans, currently, understand that the federal government should not be dictating to the states? On second thought, that might actually be correct, a product of our ridiculous public schools, and a pathetic statement of our times.
Here is the true reason that Rasmussen’s polls look the way they do, and is very telling of the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Rasmussen, for his part, explained that his numbers are trending Republican simply because he is screening for only those voters most likely to head to the polls — a pool of respondents, he argues, that just so happens to bend more conservative this election cycle.
You may or may not want to go over and read the rest of the article which has moonbats whining about question phrasing.