Tale of Two Polls

If you think the discussion over what happened in FL-13 yesterday is murky, it’s a subset of the bigger spin wars underway, with plenty of material at hand for both sides.

Do you want to make a case that Obamacare is sinking the Obama presidency, portending a catastrophic Democratic performance in November? Well, there’s a new NBC/WSJ poll out showing Obama’s approval/disapproval ratio sinking to a new all-time low of 41/54. But if you want to argue that Obama and Democrats are slowly recovering from bad vibes over the initial Obamacare rollout, there’s also a new Bloomberg poll out showing Obama’s job approval ratio improving from 42/55 in December to 48/48 today.

Both polls are from 1000-person samples of “U.S. adults,” and were conducted at virtually the same time. Pick your poison.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.