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I was reading an article in the Washington Post entitled, A First Lady Who Demands Substance, about Michelle Obama and how she is trying to craft a more important role for herself within the White House.  And while that premise alone is a bit disturbing (nobody elected Michelle Obama) it was a throw away phrase by the writer that stood out to me.  Lois Romano wrote:

Although Obama’s job-approval ratings have soared, the first lady — a Harvard-educated lawyer — wasn’t satisfied with coasting. She is hiring a full-time speechwriter and has instructed her staff to think “strategically” so that every event has a purpose and a message. She doesn’t want to simply go to events and hug struggling military families, she said; she wants to show progress.

Did you catch it, like I did?

Although Obama’s job-approval ratings have soared…

Since this did not sound remotely like what I have been reading anywhere, I thought I would check it out.  I went to Real Clear Politics to check their poll average, as well as to find the individual poll data.

The RCP average shows only slight decline in the cumulative total from about 65% to 60%, but the disapproval index moved from 20% to nearly 35%.  The individual poll data follows the same structure but with differing levels… Rasmussen obviously shows larger swings from both ends, while other polls such as ABC News/Wash Post show less fall from the top, but do register the upswing in the disapproval column.

Regardless of which poll you follow or place more confidence in, there is NO WAY to interpret it as soaring… even using the poll from the writer’s own newspaper.  This isn’t breaking news, I mean after all this was a small piece about the first lady wanting more to do then hug people, not some editorial on where the political parties stand in the public eye.  But it is indicative of the culture in media of saying what you want to believe, and what you hope others will believe… and I have to think it is purposeful.

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Reader Josh pointed me to this gallup poll that shows for the first time since they began polling this question in 1995, that more Americans are pro-life then pro-choice.

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You may know from some of my posts that I am fairly libertarian on drugs, same-sex marriage, and some other views. But on abortion my conservative feelings run deep. So I am glad to see this trend changing, but I am highly curious as to what spurned it? I don’t remember this being a huge issue during the election, and certainly right now the focus of our country seems squarely on the economy.

I wonder if media can take some credit? There is certainly a difference between Cider House Rules and Knocked Up. And apparently we have had a 10-year decline in sexually active teens, that is now leveling off. I doubt that there is a religious bent to these changes, but rather some sort of secular-based change in the culture toward some more conservative-type views.

Very interested in your thoughts.

MARK ADDS:

A point I failed to see in the polling shows that this shift against abortion is all coming from the republican/conservative wing.  Appears the chickens are coming home to roost (is that the expression?):

The source of the shift in abortion views is clear in the Gallup Values and Beliefs survey. The percentage of Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) calling themselves “pro-life” rose by 10 points over the past year, from 60% to 70%, while there has been essentially no change in the views of Democrats and Democratic leaners.

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