Gallup is now doing for Obama the slight of hand it used to do for W: reporting dips only in the context of increases.

The title of this is “approval went up – bestest speech worked” – but it’s the subtitle that caught my attention

Had dropped to 59% prior to his Tuesday congressional address

because I did an entry just that day and the number “59” was nowhere to be seen in that report.

The headline for that hidden 59% approval?

Receives solid approval, but not extraordinary in historical terms

The only relevant number I remember from that old report was “dipped by 5 points”Β  – which would lead one to think it was 63 not 59…. Nice try, Gallup. You were wildly successful with W too.

Update

More on what they are doing with those numbers from myiq2xu at the Confluence: