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A Big Fat 'Outlier'

Topics: Outliers Feature

Rush Limbaugh accuses Gallup of "upping the sample to black Americans to keep [Obama] up at 50% in the Gallup poll." Media Matters has the audio. Gallup's Frank Newport responds calling Limbaugh's statement, appropriately, "a complete and inexplicable fabrication."

Greg Sargent explains why this "lurid utterance...even by Rush's standards...is such a casually reckless smear, so nonchalant in its play on racially-charged paranoia about this president, that it really deserves to be flagged as a reminder of where we are today."

Gallup finds Obama's job approval dropping to 49%.

A PPP poll showing a majority of Republican saying that ACORN stole the election for Obama gets a lot of attention and provokes an outbreak of sarcasm ; John Sides has a worthy reality check.

Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver and Daniel Lee show lawmakers following presidential popularity more than public opinion on health care; Gelman has more on their charts and maps; JunkCharts approves.

Anthony Salvanto looks at the politics of the health care vote for Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln.

Mark Mellman and Geoff Garin tell Democratic Senators that their fate is joined with Obama's health care plan.

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) distributes polling showing support for an up-or-down vote on health reform.

David Paul Kuhn finds support for the GOP among white women.

Chris Bowers does a graphical comparison of Obama's recent approval rating an the Obama-McCain vote.

Nate Silver shows a close parallel between Barack Obama's overall rating and his ratings on the economy and health care.

Chris Good reviews Sarah Palin's popularity.

The DNC hits back at a Politico story on independents turning on Democrats.

Project Vote shows increasing diversity in the 2008 electorate (via Ambinder).

Eric Kleefleld and Steve Benen note support for Obama's bow to the Japanese emperor in a Fox News poll.

Derek Thompson reminds us that unemployment exceeded 8% in only one midterm election in the last 50 years (1982); Ross Douthat has more.

Nathaniel Persily blogs more about public opinion and hate speech.

Research Rockstar recommends five favorite market research blogs.

Microsoft files a patent claim for Edward Tufte's "sparklines in the grid" (via DaringFireball).

[Updated to move "appropriately" in first item to a more appropriate spot].

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

Well that is classic Rush Limbaugh. Anyone who listens to him and believes him is just as bad as he is. I wish the left wing media would simply ignore him instead of laughing their ass off every night, and giving Rush just what he wants. The best thing for MSNBC to do, is to not focus much on Rush for a whole week or longer and start taking the issues that face America seriously.

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Farleftandproud:

If you look at Rasmussen's poll of likely voters, I could honestly say they probably don't have enough black and hispanic voters when it comes to evaluating Obama's approval. They came out to elect him in 2008 and if he continues to be a huge part of their base, they will see to it they will come out again in 2012. Rasmussen may be more accurate on midterms because the party out of party does well and sometimes minority voters don't turn out as much in midterms. Rush is simply a guy who has probably triggered a lot of hate crimes in this country. We do have free speech but I think a lot of weak people have used his ideas to turn angry and racist, making Obama's job because of his skin color even harder. Rush does have a small fan base compared to the general population and is probably not helping their cause in any possible way.

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