Americans don’t like President Barack Obama. In fact, the majority of them think George W. Bush was at least as good as Obama is.
At least, that is what the media is trying to tell us.
According to multiple headlines, a “majority” of Americans believe that “Obama’s presidency [is] either about the same or worse than Bush’s.”
It’s a technically correct statement. It’s also not providing a very accurate picture. The poll results state that 22 percent of respondents say the presidencies are about the same, and 34 percent say Obama’s presidency has been worse. This totals to 56 percent, a slim majority.
But 43 percent of respondents said that Obama has been a better president than Bush. Add that with the “same as” percentage, and you have 65 percent who believe that Obama has been the same or better, nearly two thirds of respondents.
Nothing like manipulating numbers to make them say what you want them to say.
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