At the risk of violating Spencer Fernando’s copyright, here’s an excessively large chunk of his latest article at National Citizens Coalition:
… Let’s take a look at some poll numbers:
- 44.1% approve, 52.8% disapprove, -8.7 net approval
- 36% approve, 61% approve, -25% net approval
- 33% approve, 64% disapprove, – 31% net approval
Those are the approval ratings of three North American politicians.
Now, let’s consider what the media coverage of these politicians would be like if it was based upon their approval ratings.
Politician 1 would be considered ‘relatively popular,’ with a divided populace but a significant base of support.
Politician 2 would be considered as having a decent base of support, but clearly facing significant opposition.
Politician 3 would be considered even more unpopular than Politician 2. With nearly two-thirds of people opposing them, it would be obvious that Politician 3 has a popularity problem, especially considering that their popularity had declined precipitously over time.
In short, considering that all the politicians mentioned above are serving in democracies (and thus opinion polls are based on relatively freely-chosen opinions), we would expect politician 1 to get better coverage than politician 2, and politician 2 would get better coverage than politician 3.
But as you’ve probably guessed, that’s not how things have turned out:
Politician 1 with the 44.1% approval is Donald Trump.
Politician 2 with the 36% approval is Doug Ford.
And Politician 3 with the 33% approval is Justin Trudeau. …
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