From the Associated Press, of all places:
Who can fix political gridlock? Poll favors Romney
By CONNIE CASS and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Wed October 31, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just about everybody agrees Washington is a gridlocked mess. But who’s the man to fix it? After two years of brawling and brinkmanship between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans, more voters trust Mitt Romney to break the stalemate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows.
Romney’s message — a vote for Obama is a vote for more gridlock — seems to be getting through. Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.
(How much you want to bet the AP wishes they had never asked this question in their poll.)
Still, bear in mind that, at least until this poll, ending the gridlock in Washington was the most important thing in the world, according to our news media and pundit class. So does this mean they will now support Romney?
With the race charging into its final week, Romney is pushing that idea. He increasingly portrays himself as a get-things-done, work-with-everybody pragmatist, in hopes of convincing independent voters that he can overcome Washington’s bitter partisanship. The AP-GfK poll shows the race in a virtual dead heat, with Romney at 47 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, a difference within the margin of sampling error…
As usual, whenever Romney is ahead the poll is called a tie. And the pollsters are always quick to point out that his lead is "within the margin of sampling error."
For the record, the AP poll oversampled Democrats among total voters by 6%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 31/25/27%.) It oversampled Democrats among registered voters by 4%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 32/28/28%.) And it oversampled Democrats among likely voters by 4%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 34/30/27%.)
The AP then spends the rest of their article trying to convince its readers that we are mistaken, and that in reality Obama is the candidate most likely to end the grid lock in DC. They even say:
Obama counters the Washington gridlock question by predicting that Republican lawmakers focused on opposing his re-election will become more cooperative once he wins a second term and becomes ineligible to run again…
And the AP actually seem to think some of us will believe that.