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After White House blast, Gallup defends its poll results on Obama

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The editor in chief of the Gallup Poll on Tuesday defended the value of opinion polls in general and explained away White House press secretary Robert Gibbs' earlier criticism of Gallup's latest presidential poll as a reaction "to the fact that the president's approval numbers are not stable."

The Gallup report Monday showed President Obama's approval rating at 47 percent, the lowest mark yet for his presidency.

Mr. Gibbs, speaking to reporters Tuesday morning, appeared irked by the poll, saying, “I am sure a 6-year-old with a crayon could do something not unlike that.” He continued: “I don’t put a lot of stake in, never have, in the EKG that is the daily Gallup trend. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the meaninglessness of it.”

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Gallup's editor in chief, Frank Newport, issued a measured response to Gibbs' criticism on his blog.

“It’s not unusual for politicians to react to polls," he wrote. "I’ve certainly seen it many times over the years, particularly when elected representatives or candidates are confronted with poll results they don’t like.”


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