How to Lie While Telling The Truth

A new poll came out that was devastating for Obama.

It showed that not only did people favor spending cuts almost 2:1 over taxing millionaires, but that approval of the Democrats was roughly the same as after the midterms when they got slaughtered at the ballot box.

Or it would be devastating for Obama if he didn’t have “Team AP” on his side.  Notice how the whole story is shifted to made it all good news for Obama when in reality the numbers are awful.

Poll: Millionaire tax popular, spending cuts too

WASHINGTON (AP) – Most people like President Barack Obama’s proposal to make millionaires pay a significant share of their incomes in taxes. Yet they’d still rather cut spending than boost taxes to balance the federal budget, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, giving Republicans an edge over Democrats in their core ideological dispute over the nation’s fiscal ills. …

Sixty-five percent of the people in the AP-GfK poll favor Obama’s plan to require people making $1 million or more pay taxes equal to at least 30 percent of their income. Just 26 percent opposed Obama’s idea.

Yet by 56 percent to 31 percent, more embraced cuts in government services than higher taxes as the best medicine for the budget, according to the survey, which was conducted Feb. 16 to 20. That response has changed only modestly since it was first asked in the AP-GfK poll last March. The question on Obama’s tax on the rich was not asked previously.

The poll showed that overall, more people have a positive view of Democrats than Republicans, a ray of hope for Obama and his fellow Democrats with the approach of November’s presidential and congressional elections. Fifty-four percent in the poll gave Democrats favorable ratings compared to 46 percent for Republicans, similar to results in January 2011, at the start of the newly elected Congress in which Republicans have run the House and Democrats wield a slender Senate majority.

For all of his demagoging of the issues, Obama has not moved the meter. The poll shows that people still prefer spending cuts over tax increases by almost a two to one margin and that the Democrats are no more popular now than they were at the midterms… And we all know how that turned out.

It did not matter what the numbers said. AP’s Alan Fram was going with the narrative that it was good news for Obama and the Democrats, even as his own poll numbers told a different story. It takes a certain talent to lie while telling the truth.

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