That Fox News Poll: Something Fishy
by Josh Orton, Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 12:52:15 PM EDT
We're all clear on how conservative bias permeates most stories aired on Fox News - from smears about Obama's religion to fear-mongering on economic policy.
But what's going on with their latest national poll?
Last week, when Fox's national poll showed Obama with a 49%-40% lead over McCain, they used a party breakdown of D43, R37.
This week, the Fox poll is showing a supposedly "tightening race," with an Obama lead of just 3% at 47-44. But their party breakdown moved heavily towards Republicans - D41, R39. So where Fox had dems with a +6 party ID advantage last week, this week it's a ridiculous +2.
And as we know, that type of shift can have a dramatic effect on the topline numbers.
So it begs the question - did Fox try and give McCain a hand establishing the "comeback" narrative he so desperately needs? I certainly don't have any specific proof; but I can't say it wasn't the first thought that popped in my head.