Why do approval polls include the opposition party?

An article in Investor’s Business Daily generated interest in the question of why any approval poll includes an opposition party, when, by definition, they don’t approve?

The opposition party OPPOSES the elected person…they voted against him.

Wouldn’t it be more important for a President or Congressman to be aware of how he/she stacks up with the people who actually voted for them in the first place?

After all, they already know the opposition’s view.

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