Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Left Poll

"Nothing is more dangerous than to live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup Poll, always taking one's temperature." - Winston Churchill

Polls seem to be all that the Democrats have to go on, at times. Former President Clinton ran his Presidency on polling.

The latest polls to hit the news last week were the CBS poll and the Zogby poll. The former indicated what we already know: That President Bush's approval rating is in the tanker. And that it was at an all-time low of 34%. What the poll doesn't tell you is that Democrats were oversampled, by about 2 to 1. Then there is the troop poll. Hugh Hewitt the other day, had on John Zogby, who didn't like answering any of Hugh's questions, and consequently hung up on him. (A number of his guests from the Left side of the field have been doing that to him lately). Go here to see the documentation on how the poll was conducted; and here for the audio and transcript of Hugh's interview.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Yes, the CBS poll was slanted. But are you aware that FOX News also did a poll that has much the same results?

The poll results are not indicative of the slanting of the questions or the questionees. It is indicative of the influence that the media has on the population, and the indoctrination of students by singularly opinionated teachers.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 6:20:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I'm aware of the FOX poll.

I think the polls are indicative of both. Look at the way some questions are phrased. Look at what is not asked.

And yes, popular opinion and perception drives these polls. It's hard for me to trust popular opinion. Whenever I try to start a conversation off about current events with anyone around me, they usually don't know what is going on, or have only caught a headline blurb or TV soundbyte...just enough to know that everything is being blamed on Bush. So they come away thinking it's all Bush's fault.

Saturday, March 04, 2006 7:12:00 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I haven't trusted the polls since they predicted an easy win for Kerry...

Saturday, March 04, 2006 8:47:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Whenever I try to start a conversation off about current events with anyone around me, they usually don't know what is going on, or have only caught a headline blurb or TV soundbyte...just enough to know that everything is being blamed on Bush. So they come away thinking it's all Bush's fault.

What's worse is when the only headlines and blurbs they catch are delivered on Comedy Central or by Leno and Letterman.

Popular opinion is so often dictated by a mob mentality because people are so clueless and uninformed, and the information they do get is heavily slanted to the Left.

Those exit polls that Rebekah refers to were intended to discourage Bush supporters from going to the polls. Early in the afternoon on election day word was Kerry would win in a landslide.

Again and again, polls have shown to be completely unreliable snapshots. In some cases (CBS, exit polls), the polls themselves are used to CREATE public opinion.

I say polls, schmolls.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

There's only one poll that matters and it will be taken in November.

Remind me never to go on Hugh Hewitt;s show unless I am prepared to answer all his questions.

Sunday, March 05, 2006 9:03:00 PM  

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