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Polls often diverge by a few points, but it's rare to see well-respected polls come to opposing conclusions about the public's take on an issue. In the last week, however, an Associated Press-GfK poll found support for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul at a new low while a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed it had hit a new high.
The seemingly contradictory findings stem more from question wording and timing than from either poll doing something wrong or even misrepresenting public opinion.
The difference between the two polls lies in that neutral group, which tends to be more Democratic than the overall public. About half of them in each of AP's recent polls identify as Democrats, and their demographics generally lean Democratic: mostly women, only about half white, less likely to have formal education and younger than those who explicitly support or oppose the law. Half in the latest poll said they approve of the way Obama is handling his job as president.
Hey, this is wonderful. Something for everyone. Just believe whichever you wish to believe and be happy.
Never mind about the truth. We all know that no longer matters at all.