According to a new Newsweek poll, President Barack Obama's approval rating has jumped by six points, from 48 percent to 54 percent. His disapproval rate has dropped to 40 percent, "the lowest disapproval rating in a NEWSWEEK Poll since February 2010."
These results do not mean that Democrats will win much next week, says the poll article, but some races may be closer than previously thought.
The poll also says that about 24 percent of voters support the Tea Party. That number is high enough to make me uncomfortable about the direction in which this country may be going, tilting toward greater polarization. Nevertheless, the number also indicates the Tea Party is not as strong as some mainstream media outlets make it appear to be. To watch CNN and MSNBC, you'd think the Tea Party is already as powerful as the GOP and that every middle class white person favors the Tea Party's agenda.
Everytime I turn on cable news lately it seems some Tea Party pundit is on defending the movement or some expert is analyzing the Tea Party's influence. And I'm so sick of hearing about Christine O'Donnell, I'm tempted to turn off the TV for the next two weeks.