Monday, September 26, 2005

Roy can't like those numbers

Gov. Bob Riley's approval rating rose 12 percentage points in the last month, jumping to 58 percent, according to SurveyUSA's latest 50-state tracking poll. That increase has to be attributable mostly to his administration's calm, swift preparation and response in the days immediately before and after Hurricane Katrina. Of course, Alabama's plummeting unemployment rate probably also played a part.


Anonymous Johnny said...

Those numbers are Riley propaganda. Anyone who knows anything about statistics can look into the details of that poll and see that Riley's not doing so hot. The truth is, 58% of Alabamians approve solely of how Riley is handling the Hurricane situation. What it doesn't show is Riley's support as far as re-election is concerned. Riley's in trouble and has a very slim chance of another four years. He needs as many falsely inflated poll numbers as he can get!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Riley indeed may not have a great chance at re-election, but SurveyUSA is a nationwide, independent polling group, so I doubt it's engaged in spreading propaganda for the Alabama governor.

If nothing else, the tracking poll shows that at this moment, Riley no longer faces the overwhelmingly negative numbers he had a few months ago. Whether that continues to hold true or whether this increase was a one-time hurricane-related blip remains to be seen, of course.

11:45 PM  

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