Curious Polling and Obama’s Worrisome Popularity

Two newspapers have flagged some concerns about Barack Obama’s popularity, citing a new poll to raise questions about the public’s enthusiasm for White House policies so far. Both accounts, though, seem to try to hard to stretch the rather awkward poll results to match their arguments. In the Los Angeles Times (5/3/09), Peter Nicholas noted that while the public still supports Obama, “the activist government Obama has unleashed is increasingly worrisome to voters, polls show.” He explained: An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that 47 percent of those surveyed believe “government should do more,” compared with 46 percent who believe […]