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New York Times Weights Polls In Favor Of Democrats

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* Mr. SMITH of Texas. Madam Speaker, the New York Times reported recently that President Obama has ``considerable political strength.''

* The Times based this statement on its own poll, which found the President has an approval rating of 56 percent--the highest number of any recent poll.

* One reason for this might be that the Times weighted the poll in favor of Democrats.

* Among those who actually responded to the poll, there were more Democrats than Republicans by 6 percentage points.

* But when the Times finished computing the results, they had increased the gap to and unreasonable and inexplicable 15 percentage points.

* With so many more Democrats in the sample, it should come as no surprise that the President's approval rating is a higher than other polls have found.

* The Times would do well to show more balance in their polling--and their reporting.


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