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Someone needs to explain this headline in the Star Ledger for me:
Gov. Christie is no less popular than he was 2 months ago, poll says
Ok, so that is the headline. Then I went to look at the poll which supposedly “says” this and found that Christie currently has a 54% approval, where as two months ago he had a 57% approval. And the month before that, he was at 59%. In fact, they never even mention those numbers outside the current 54% in the story. That fact did not escape Pollster Patrick Murray, who also questioned the headline, first tweeting:
54 and 57 are now the same number? | Gov. Christie no less popular than 2 months ago, poll says
Then he followed it up with this:
Except that he is, according to that poll. Down from 59% in April to 57% in May to 54% now – a statistically significant drop
Just to be clear, the pollster who does this stuff for a living says it is a statistically significant drop. The media outlet that is supposed to report that news says it’s no change. Just sloppy.