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March 12, 2014 10:20 AM Tale of Two Polls

By Ed Kilgore

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.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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