AP spins its own findings to favor White House
Oct 8, 2013
Despite being presented by a headline that lays blame for the government shutdown squarely at the feet of the GOP, a new AP poll reveals that Americans see both parties as responsible, as well as the president himself.
The poll finds that fifty-two percent of Americans believe Obama is not doing enough to cooperate with Republicans to end the shutdown. It also reveals that 49% blame Obama, with 49% ALSO blaming congressional Democrats for the shutdown.
The poll also places Obama’s approval rating at just 37%, with 53% unhappy with his performance.
A massive 83% said they disapprove of Congress, with only 5% approving of the job representatives are doing.
Despite these facts, the AP chose to lead with the headline Poll: GOP Gets The Blame In Shutdown.
The survey notes that 63% say Republicans aren’t doing enough to reverse the shutdown, but the figures clearly show that overall, Americans are blaming both parties for the mess the country is in, with 68% saying it is a major problem.
The AP even cites a Texas woman who was asked if she blamed Obama, House Republicans, Senate Democrats or the tea party for the shutdown, saying she simply replied “yes, you bet. All of them.”
“Somebody needs to jerk those guys together to get a solution, instead of just saying ‘no,’” said Martha Blair, an independent. “It’s just so frustrating.”
A more accurate headline would have been Americans Blame Obama, Both Parties For Shutdown. But obviously, the leading branch of the corporate media isn’t going to upset the White House applecart.
A similar CNN poll released two days ago also outlined that Americans see both sides as responsible for the shutdown.
“…the Democrats are not getting off scot-free. Fifty-seven percent of Americans are also angry at the way the Democrats are dealing with the shutdown. And a 53% majority say they are also angry at President Obama,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
“It looks like there is more than enough blame to go around and both parties are being hurt by the shutdown.” Holland added.
A Pew Research Center poll, and surveys from Gallup and CBS News/New York Times also found that the blame, while being slightly more directed at the GOP, was significantly spread.
In other words, both parties are losing, with the Republicans losing by slightly more. If ever there were a case for the emergence of a third party, or a coalition of independents, this is it.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.