Even though President Obama had a great day yesterday among Gallup’s sample, his approval jumping 4 points, he still remained in a statistical dead heat with Mitt Romney, leading him by only two points among registered voters.
Today, for the second day in a row, Rasmussen showed the race tied (among likely voters), with each candidate at 46. “Isn’t it strange” wonders blogress diva Ann Althouse, looking at these numbers. . .
. . . how the candidates are so precisely locked in an even standoff, when the newspapers are pounding it into our heads that the pathetic, miserable Romney hasn’t got a chance? Where would Romney be now if the media gave him something close to equal treatment? Is it possible that the media’s desperate boosting of their candidate is causing the electorate to tune out or even skew in the other direction? I think so. I find myself repelled by media bias.
Ann, you’re not alone. Fewer than one-in-three independent voters have a great deal or even a fair amount of trust in the mass media. I do wonder if the media are trying to make it look like Obama’s a shoo-in for reelection in order to demoralize Republicans, to prevent us from donating to Mitt Romney and to discourage us from voting in November.
Also to note, Ann asks, “Where would Romney be now if the media gave him something close to equal treatment?” And I ask, where would Obama be now if the media subjected him to the same treatment they subject Mitt Romney, devoting as much time to Obama’s failed policies and inaccurate statements as they do to the Republican’s supposed gaffes, that is, or asked tough questions, with followups as did the folks at Univision?
UPDATE: This Pennsylvania poll kind of contradicts the narrative.