May
01
2009

Only on Fox–Obama Approval Ratings Plunge

Most opinion polls show that the American public gives President Barack Obama high marks so far. Those are not the pollsFox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly reads. As he announced at the top of his show on Thursday:

A new Rasmussen poll on President Obama is somewhat startling and worth analyzing because Rasmussen is very accurate.

According to the data, 34 percent of Americans strongly approve of the president's job performance, while 32 percent strongly disapprove. So that's why the debate over Barack Obama is so raucous. He may be a popular guy, but the country remains divided on the job deal.

If by "accurate" O'Reilly means "completely different from every other poll," he might have a point. In polls taken since his inauguration, Obama's lowest approval rating was 55 percent, and his highest disapproval rating was 35 percent; the latest Fox poll was more typical, with 62 percent approval/29 percent disapproval. So the country is in fact not "divided on the job deal," as O'Reilly claims.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.