Rush: Gallup Counting Too Many Blacks for Obama

That's why the president's approval ratings are above 50%, he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2009 8:15 AM CST
Rush Limbaugh is seen on the sideline before the start of the Patriots-Colts game on Sunday.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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(Newser) Rush Limbaugh has a novel explanation for why President Obama's approval ratings remain above 50% in Gallup polls: The agency is purposely boosting the number of black respondents. "Gallup has him just teetering on the little teeter-totter at 50% and they're doing everything they can—they're upping the sample to black Americans—to keep him up at 50%," he said on yesterday's show.

Limbaugh doesn't offer any evidence to back up the theory, notes Bruce Drake at Politics Daily. Gallup, for its part, calls the statement "a complete and inexplicable fabrication." Gallup's latest survey puts the president's approval rating at 53%, while other polls, including those from Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling, have him just below the 50% mark.