Drudge recycles RNC tweet as headline, pushing poll showing little support for GOP

By David Edwards
Monday, February 21, 2011 14:18 EDT
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When it comes to hyping polls, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the conservative news blogger Matt Drudge might want to read past their own headline.

In a Monday update via micro-blogging platform Twitter, the RNC boasted about a Gallup survey that highlighted a trend showing some states were moving out of the “Solid Democratic” column.

“Gallup: Number of blue states cut in half since 2008 as Americans continue to reject Dems tax-borrow-spend agenda,” they declared.

The only trouble was that the same poll shows that there are still nearly three times as many “Solid Democratic” states as “Solid Republican” states.

According to the survey, there were 30 states in the “Solid Democratic” column in 2008. By 2010, there were still 14 states in the “Solid Democratic” column, and still only five “solidly Republican” states.

Minutes after the RNC message went out, the conservative Drudge Report also prominently displayed a link to the same poll, with a strikingly similar spin in his headline.

Despite Drudge and the RNC’s misrepresentation, Gallup noted that even with shrinking favors for Democrats, blue states still outnumbered red states by 23 to 10 last year.

“Even with Democratic Party affiliation declining during the past two years, Democratic states still outnumbered Republican states by 23 to 10 last year, and there were 14 solidly Democratic states compared with 5 solidly Republican states,” Gallup wrote.

“Looking more closely at the changes in state party affiliation since 2008, only one state moved from a Democratic positioning to a Republican positioning — New Hampshire, which was solidly Democratic in 2008 but now is considered leaning Republican,” they added.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken late last year found Obama easily topping even the most popular Republican contenders in 2012. The agencies noted that results indicated he’d best former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin by 22 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by seven percent.

Republican presidential contender and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee predicted recently that the 2012 primaries would be a bloodbath for his party and could gift reelection to President Barack Obama on a silver plate.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKTCM2DCWPVUXEKN5G5QNTBJNQ Dustin A

    Of course Obama will win reelection; anyone who looks at the state of the conservative/GOP/Teabagging side of the spectrum, realizes there’s too much infighting to put their entire support behind one person. Now if only we could do this to the Democratic Party at the same time, we could finally have the confusion needed to elect a true independent. Soon enough…

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    The Egg-man’s stupidity knows no bounds.

  • Anonymous

    Blue Democratic states have no bearing on anything. It’s electoral college votes. And the number of Dems changing to Independent is what will bring the hammer down on the Democrats if they don’t get a primary challenger who shows what Obama really is and who truly is a Democrat that they can vote for.

    I’m one of them.

  • WaStConcerned

    My brother lives in NH and is a teabagging republiCON – he just doesn’t understand how he is being led by the nose by the very parties he abhores. I have never seen such cognitive dissonance in supposedly intelligent people – they have taken the bait and are running out the line.

  • Anonymous

    The Drudge Report is the internet equivelent of Fox News! Drudge is so far to the right that he circled the globe and is LEFT winger. The question is how far right or left do you have to go before you become the mirror image of your enemy?

  • Ma’at

    He’s still out there?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    Is the glass half empty or half full? How many fingers am I holding up? Gonna mix ‘em up now! Watch me pull a rabbit out of this hat! Nuthin’ up mah’ sleeve! Presto: a headline!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    You are describing my father. Maybe we’re long lost relatives separated at birth by Gypsies! Cognitive dissonance has become the cornerstone of our society. We’ve made denial into a way of life!

  • Anonymous

    He’s running out of ink and is recycling old shit. Like the Rolling Stones song, “Yesterdays Papers”"

    Living a life of constant change
    Every day means the turn of a page
    Yesterdays papers are such bad news
    Same thing applies to me and you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONMKHYWYFBRFKGY4TTSOEJG6CM Judy

    GOD controls the voting machines, and will ultimately destroy the godless libruls, feminazis, homosexurals, boodists, Lezboterians, Cathyolicks and so-called “scientists” and “thinkers” with His proprietary software. Praise Him!

    I SAID, Praise Him! Now!

    Jesus loves you UNCONDITIONALLY, as long as you do EXACTLY what He says!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ONMKHYWYFBRFKGY4TTSOEJG6CM Judy

    The so-called “Rolling Stones” are OF THE DEVIL. Since you quoted them, you must be OF THE DEVIL yourself. Just like the Demoncrats!

    Go back to HELL and tell your boss, the devil, that you FAILED in your mission to turn mine eyes away from Jesus!

    Shooo, demon!

    I can’t wait for the day when I sit at the right hand of Baby Jesus. We will laugh and laugh as all you sinful libruls, demoncrats and everybody else God conveniently hates as much as us True Christians™ BURN, then get regenerated somehow, and BURN again, and Baby Jesus will be amused by my holding an ice-cold Diet Pepsi just out of your reach! I cain’t wait to meet HIM, and nobody better try to steal my seat if I get up to powder my nose, or they will end up burning just like you!


  • mjcc1987

    Drudge – That man’s knee pads have calluses.

  • Anonymous

    So dysfunctional, can’t even add.

  • Anonymous

    Greed KILLS

  • Anonymous

    Know what you mean brothers, People get complacent, and to comfy. Liberty is not free, stand for your rights. We are all equal. Tax the rich, feed the poor!