George Stephanopoulos Cherry Picks High Obama Polling, Skips Lower Numbers
Published: 5/11/2011 12:28 PM ET
Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday hyped the best polling data available for President Obama, ignoring surveys finding much lower numbers. The co-anchor enthused, "And a new poll out just this morning shows President Obama with his highest approval rating in two years."
"60 percent Of Americans, according to the AP, now think the President is doing a good job," he added. But, the poll is really an outlier. Rasmussen has Obama at 48 percent. Gallup finds 52. However, Stephanopoulos ignored those numbers and focused on the AP data: "And for the first time in that poll, a majority of Americans, 53 percent, say he deserves re-election."
In a follow-up segment, Stephanopoulos reiterated, "And the White House did get that good news this morning, that 60 percent approval rating for the President in that latest poll."
He did allow that the White House knows, with regard to 2012, "this is going to be a close race."
Unlike ABC, CBS didn't mention the AP poll. NBC only referenced it in a news brief in the 9am hour.
The former Democratic operative turned journalist has a habit of spinning polls on ABC. On August 02, 2010, he focused on low Republican favorability an in ABC News poll. Stephanopoulos skipped the same survey's finding that likely voters wanted the GOP to take control of Congress by a margin of 56 to 41.
A transcript of the first segment, which aired at 7:07am EDT on May 11, follows: