08/25/2005: More Dueling Numbers
A quick update on our earlier mention of the ARG vs. Rasmussen polling duel on Bush's approval numbers. To recap (in case you didn't see that one and are too lazy to follow the link), American Research Group was reporting Bush's approval rating at a dismal 36% approve-58% disapprove earlier this week, while Rasmussen was reporting a much more healthy (for Bush) 48% approve-51% disapprove.
Well, Michael Crowley in his last day DH-ing at Talkinig Points Memo points us to reports that a recent Harris Poll is reflecting a Bush approval rating of 40% approve-58% disapprove, while the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows that Bush's numbers dropped to 45% approve-54% disapprove yesterday (today they're saying that Bush's approval picked up a percentage point, however, to 46%-53%). Given, though, that the blip in Bush's Rasmussen numbers are still within Rasmussen's stated margin of error (+/- 3 percentage points), I think Crowley may be reading a bit much into the dip in Bush's Rasmussen numbers.
Len on 08.25.05 @ 07:40 AM CST