Accuracy in Media

WASHINGTON — A Reuters analysis, written by Richard Cowan, alleged that the U.S. economy is becoming stronger.


He started his piece with the following:

“Here’s a riddle: Many Republicans deny it’s happening. Some Democrats don’t want to talk about it. What is it? The answer is the growing U.S. economy, on pace to expand as much as 3.5 percent this year, about the best performance in the industrialized world. Unemployment has fallen from 10 percent to about 6.3 percent and consumer confidence is at a six-year high.”

Yet, when you take an average of several polls, as the website RealClearPolitics does, you find that Americans are not hot on Obama either. He has not had an approval rating higher than his disapproval rating since June of last year.

Gallup polls have also reiterated how bleak the U.S. economy has been under Obama. 55% of polled voters in their weekly poll on the state of the economy said the economy was getting worse, compared to about 40% who felt the economy was improving. According to the same weekly poll, the last time that voters felt the economy was improving was in June 2013 by a 49-45 split.

Even a strategist at a firm whose clients are Democratic candidates, Erica Seifert, was quoted as saying:

“It’s bad for Democrats to make the argument the economy is improving. Bad, bad, bad.”

Why are Americans so down on the economy? As Cowan paraphrased some of Seifert’s remarks, it is because “many American voters see an economic landscape still littered with long-term joblessness, stagnant wages and excessive personal debt.”

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