Support for the U.S. role in the war in Afghanistan jumped 9 points following Obama's West Point speech last week, according to a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll. It will be interesting to see what kind of media play that gets, considering how lots of pundits panned Obama's address, and how the press this year has shown an overwhelming interest in Obama polling data when the numbers go down for Obama.
UPDATED: An even more recent Quinnipiac survey puts Obama's approval rating at 46 percent, while a new Bloomberg News poll puts that number at 54 percent. Which result do you think is getting more media attention?
UPDATED: This is kind of priceless. Time's Mark Halperin does highlight the Bloomberg poll, but not the good news for Obama. Instead, here's the news Halperin found in the poll that showed Obama with a robust job approval rating:
Poll: Majority See Nation on Wrong Track: Despite reporting 54% approval for Obama, new Bloomberg survey shows 59% think country is heading in the wrong direction.
So, if you're following at home, the Quinnipiac poll that showed Obama's Afghanistan policy receiving a spike in support is of little interest to the press. But the Quinnipiac poll that shows Obama's approval rating falling is of interest. Meanwhile, the Bloomberg poll showing Obama's approval rating remaining strong is of little interest to the press. But the portion of the same Bloomberg poll showing bad “wrong track” numbers is of interest.
In other words, good news is no news.