Push me poll me

Rasmussen Reports, a reliable conservative pollster, does a daily tracking poll of Bush’s approval numbers. (He’s one of the few pollsters who never saw Bush go under 40%, but his race-by-race polling is usually excellent.) Yesterday he found them rising to 50% approve, 49% disapprove. And the crowd went wild!

Instapundit:

BUSH BREAKS FIFTY PERCENT APPROVAL on the Rasmussen poll. He’s been trending up there for several days. I’m not sure why, but it seems as if he does better whenever John Kerry and Ted Kennedy get face time on the national news. The Democrats would be wise to let other people represent them.

Powerline:

The latest Rasmussen poll has President Bush’s approval rate at 50 percent, with 49 percent disapproving. To the extent that this poll accurately reflects the public’s view of the president’s performance, his support is basically back to where it was when he was re-elected. All it took was a little effort by the White House, a little effort by the raging Dems, and a good economy.

Dave Holman:

BUSH HITS 50 PERCENT in his approval ratings, according to Rasmussen. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the major press to report this as loudly as they do when his ratings dip.

Yeah, that lousy major press.

So Rasmussen releases his new poll today. Bush’s approval is 48%, disapproval is 51%.

Instapundit:

Powerline:

Dave Holman:

If you don’t know much about polling, it’s easy to overrate favorable results, ignore unfavorable results, and end up wrong. I’m not sure why some people would do it again and again.

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