Monday, April 16, 2007

Wrong Track

I'm rather fascinated by just how low the "right track" numbers are in polls. I don't know enough about this question from a historical polling perspective to know what should be taken away from it. After thinking about it a bit my working theory is that as the question is asked in the middle of a poll about politics and presidential approval that such issues are on the respondents' minds and so it'll tend to track the presidential approval rating fairly closely.

But if there's something more there, then I'm really curious about what's driving it. And either way, I really don't see that perspective reflected in media coverage. And, no, I shouldn't be surprised by that in the 6th Year of the Glorious Age of Bush, but it's still a puzzling disconnect. People are really pissed off, and yet the news remains as chirpy as ever.