Happy Friday, Everybody: Even Fox News Can’t Make Obama’s Nine Point Lead Go Away

by evanmcmurry

I’m not a mathtometrist. How many Voter ID bills does it take to erase a nine point lead?

Mitt Romney has had a tough couple of weeks on the campaign trail — and it shows in the latest Fox News poll. After a barrage of campaign ads, negative news coverage of his overseas trip and ongoing talk about his tax returns, Romney’s favorable rating and standing in the trial ballot have declined. As a result, President Obama has opened his biggest lead since Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee.

The president would take 49 percent of the vote compared to Romney’s 40 percent in a head-to-head matchup if the election were held today, the poll found. Last month, Obama had a four percentage-point edge of 45 percent to 41 percent. This marks the second time this year the president has had a lead outside the poll’s margin of sampling error.

(That’s from Fox News, which explains why it’s the “negative news coverage” of Romney’s overseas trip that caused his numbers to slip, and not simply Romney’s overseas trip.)

As Greg Sargeant points out, CNN also has Obama up considerably, and for the second week in a row*, which means it looks like Romney’s whole “You didn’t build that” line of attack amounted to squat. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to try again:

The Drudge Report wins this week’s Lee Atwater award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Blatant Misrepresentation. Here’s Obama’s original quote, in Colorado yesterday:

I said I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry. I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China. I want them taking root in places like Pueblo.

As Media Matters notes, Drudge’s headline on this was “Let’s Repeat Auto Bailout ‘With Every Industry’,” even though the context makes clear the president was saying he wants to replicate the auto bailouts’ssuccess with every industry. The RNC is now pushing this falsehood as well. (via)

Keep at it, guys. Maybe next week, Obama will be up by 11.

(Eternal poll caveats: national polls are meaningless, margin of error, etc.)