|Margin of Error: +/ 3%|
So, Bush's ratings move (in a 10-day span) by less than the margin of error, and that is reason enough for 5 minute segment discussion how he is "gaining traction" (actual quote from Miles O'Brien") on his immigration plan, or whatever. Are we really that stretched for actual things to report on? And it's not like it takes a PhD in economics or statistics to figure out that this is not news. It said right there on the screen: "Margin of Error +/- 3%."
While I didn't tune in for the entire segment, I'm pretty certain that no one offered the explanation that just by chance this time they sampled a few more people who approve of President Bush's job performance, but that overall opinions haven't changed. (Well, certainly the Republican strategist didn't. But I doubt Paul Begala did either.)