By Nicholas Fondacaro
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Newsbusters.
In a brand new ABC News/Washington Post poll the liberal outlets released on Sunday, President Biden’s approval rating was supposedly sitting at an anemic 52 percent. And according to their methodology, the margin of error for the poll was 3.5 percent. Now given how that meant Biden could be below 50 percent, it was understandable that the cast of characters on ABC’sGood Morning America were floored by the results.
“52 percent of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s work in office as he approaches the 100-day mark. That is ten points higher than Donald Trump at this point in his presidency, but 17 points lower than Barack Obama,” touted co-anchor Dan Harris, trying to put a positive spin on the floundering president. Of course, they failed to mention the margin of error.
Harris was speaking to ABC political director Rick Klein, who didn’t share his rosy outlook on the poll results.
“Dan, Biden’s honeymoon appears to be ending, if it was even there in the first place,” Klein huffed. “What’s so striking here is, you can at the same time say President Biden is in so much stronger position than his predecessor, but so much weaker than almost everyone else that we’ve seen at this point in a presidency.”
Despite the fact Harris had just boasted about Biden’s approval being “ten points higher” than Trump’s, Klein deduced that “the easiest culprit to blame here is partisanship.”
Klein added that the partisanship was “problematic for a president who has promised unity, has talked about bipartisanship, and has talked about Republican support that he sees out there in the country for his policy initiatives.” He went on to hope that Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday would provide an “opportunity to sort of reset his presidency.” …
Another interesting point to know was the difference in how ABC and The Washington Post were presenting their findings to the public. The headline to ABC’s online article (linked above) matched their on-air panic, reading: “Biden’s 100 days: Low-end approval, yet strong marks on pandemic response: POLL”
For The Post’s part, knowing many people don’t read past the headline on social media, their online headline read: “Americans give Biden mostly positive marks for first 100 days, Post-ABC poll finds.”