Washington Post Buries Its Own Terrible Poll for Biden on Page A-14

By Tim Graham 

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a story that ran September 26.

The headline on page A-14 seemed designed to be dull: “Poll finds sharp divides as midterms near.” It signaled to readers “go ahead and turn the page to A-16.”  It did not suggest this was a bad poll for Biden and the Democrats. 

The pull quote in bold italics also deemed designed to placate the paper’s Democrat-dominated readership: 

Earlier predictions of big GOP gains have been clouded by the Supreme Court’s decision in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, spurring on abortion rights supporters, especially younger women. 

Washington Post writers Dan Balz, Emily Guskin, and Scott Clement cleared their throats about highly motivated voters on both sides before getting to the bad news in the sixth paragraph:

President Biden continues to be a drag on Democratic candidates this fall. The Post-ABC survey pegs his approval rating at 39 percent, with 53 percent disapproving, including 41 percent strongly disapproving. The share of Americans saying Biden has accomplished “a great deal” or “a good amount” has grown from 35 percent last November to 40 percent today, although a 57 percent majority still says he has not accomplished much or anything.

Independents favored Republicans by five points — 47 percent to 42. The Post explained the Democrats led by seven points in the final pre-midterm poll before the 2018 midterms. But they found the silver lining that Democrats are only down five when independent voters in this poll disapproved of Biden by 60 percent to 31 percent. 

All in all, you can see why liberal media groups bury their polls they don’t like.