Spinning much?

One poll, two different stories. Looks as if the on-line version of the Wall Street Journal is all ready to be a stablemate of Fox News.

The Harris Poll reports on the Harris Poll:

The Harris PollĀ® #36, April 26, 2007

President Bush’s Job Performance at Lowest Ever in Harris Poll

Majorities View All U.S. Political Figures in a Negative Light

President George W. Bush’s job performance is currently viewed positively by only 28 percent of U.S. adults, the lowest since he took office. Seven in ten adults view his job performance in a negative light, including almost half (48%) who say his job performance is poor. Since February, the President has dropped from one-third (32%) who viewed his job positively and 67 percent who gave him negative marks.

The Wall Street Journal Online reports on the same poll:

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE

Bush’s Lowest Rating Tops Nadirs for Nixon, Carter

Despite President Bush’s low popularity, he is still getting better marks than the weakest ratings for Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, according to a new analysis from Harris Interactive.

In an April poll, Harris found that President Bush’s popularity had sunk to the lowest level of his presidency, with 28% of U.S. adults giving his job performance positive ratings and 70% rating him negatively.

Those ratings are still better than the marks President Jimmy Carter received in July 1980, when just 22% responded positively and 77% answered negatively when asked to rate the job he was doing.

I guess they’ll fit right in to the Murdoch empire if the merger happens.

Note: The poll is old, but the WSJ story is current.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com