* 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.