The question is rhetorical of course.
Are polls intended to gauge public opinion or influence it?
Recent polls on Bush's approval ratings have given hope to the Democratic opposition.
But look at these numbers:
Washington Post poll:
Keep in mind that according to the actual voting habits of the American people in recent elections, the two parties are at parity with 37% and the remaining 26% are said to be Independent.
Now, is this another attempt on the part of media to undermine support for the president or are they just sloppy?