It’s a good thing that the Washington Post puts the full results of its polls on its website since it allows us to see what got left out of the story they published.
Today’s article highlights that Obama leads Romney by three points (among registered, not likely, voters). If one reads deep into the article, on page 2, one finds mention that Obama’s approval rating is negative (47% approve, 49% disapprove), but this is immediately compared to the similar 2004 approval rating of President Bush (47% approve, 50% disapprove). An equally important comparison, never mentioned in the article, comes from looking at Obama’s approval rating in the Washington Post poll a few days before the 2010 election. The Post showed Obama with a positive approval rating, 50% to 45%, so voter approval of Obama is actually lower now than it was just before liberals experienced major losses at the polls.
Obama has also suffered when it comes to his handling of the economy. In 2010, voters disapproved by 44% to 54%. Now the disapproval is 42% to 55%.
No wonder James Carville is warning his fellow liberals that even Mitt Romney might be able to beat Obama.