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11/22/2009 10:29 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Big Fat 'Outlier'

Rush Limbaugh accuses Gallup of "upping the sample to black Americans to keep [Obama] up at 50% in the Gallup poll." Media Matters has the audio. Gallup's Frank Newport responds calling Limbaugh's statement, appropriately, "a complete and inexplicable fabrication."

Greg Sargent explains why this "lurid utterance...even by Rush's standards...is such a casually reckless smear, so nonchalant in its play on racially-charged paranoia about this president, that it really deserves to be flagged as a reminder of where we are today."

Gallup finds Obama's job approval dropping to 49%.

A PPP poll showing a majority of Republican saying that ACORN stole the election for Obama gets a lot of attention and provokes an outbreak of sarcasm ; John Sides has a worthy reality check.

Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver and Daniel Lee show lawmakers following presidential popularity more than public opinion on health care; Gelman has more on their charts and maps; JunkCharts approves.

Anthony Salvanto looks at the politics of the health care vote for Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln.

Mark Mellman and Geoff Garin tell Democratic Senators that their fate is joined with Obama's health care plan.

Health Care for America Now (HCAN) distributes polling showing support for an up-or-down vote on health reform.

David Paul Kuhn finds support for the GOP among white women.

Chris Bowers does a graphical comparison of Obama's recent approval rating an the Obama-McCain vote.

Nate Silver shows a close parallel between Barack Obama's overall rating and his ratings on the economy and health care.

Chris Good reviews Sarah Palin's popularity.

The DNC hits back at a Politico story on independents turning on Democrats.

Project Vote shows increasing diversity in the 2008 electorate (via Ambinder).

Eric Kleefleld and Steve Benen note support for Obama's bow to the Japanese emperor in a Fox News poll.

Derek Thompson reminds us that unemployment exceeded 8% in only one midterm election in the last 50 years (1982); Ross Douthat has more.

Nathaniel Persily blogs more about public opinion and hate speech.

Research Rockstar recommends five favorite market research blogs.

Microsoft files a patent claim for Edward Tufte's "sparklines in the grid" (via DaringFireball).

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