Framing the Dialogue

Pools of Polls

If you are like me and pay attention to politics and current events you have been inundated the past number of years with polling data.  Conservatives tout the results of polls that reinforce their message and the same goes for the progressives on the left.  A persistent poll during George W. Bush’s presidency was about how many Americans were against the war.  The problem with the reporting was that left-progressive main stream media combined those who were just against the war (those on the left) with those on the right who felt that the United States was not doing enough. 

As these folks were in no way against the war, the misrepresentation of the raw data by the media was a lie.  The wording was accurate, but the message was a lie.  When I was young for some reason I karate chopped our toilet paper dispenser.  The sudden panic at my stupidity and looming punishment gave me the bright idea to piece it back together.  Of course it came apart within the next few uses.  My parents asked me whether I had broken the holder that day, I confidently said “no” as I had broken it the day before.  It was a lie, but the lie made me feel better.  I still feel guilty about that.

The implementation of Obamacare has started to have major impacts already with increasing insurance premiums, some companies no longer offering policies only for children, and federal control of student college loans (yeah that was put in the Obamacare legislation).  It was bound to happen that one of the liberal media would respond and our local paper ran an Associated Press story regarding Obamacare…”Many wish health care law did more, poll finds.”  The article quoted the results of an AP poll where “Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.”

I was (and am against) the Obamacare legislation, but if someone asked me if “I thought that health care reform should have included more” I would have said yes.  I would have meant tort reform, allowing interstate insurance coverage, tort reform, fewer government regulations, health savings accounts, portable health care plans (like auto insurance), etc.  The Associated Press would have included me in the column of those wishing for more while I actually wished for different.  That is how polls are used to lie to fake and support the liberal cause. 

In all of the polls that I have seen there have been NONE that even came close to a 2-t0-1 margin in favor.  Consider beloved actor Andy Griffith of Matlock fame.  Griffith made a crucial mistake for an actor and opened his big mouth becoming a salesman for Obamacare.  Rather than “shut up and sing” perhaps Andy should have “shut up and acted.”   The Associated Content reports that Griffith’s popularity has dropped 25 points since he started participating in the health care propaganda machine.

“it is jarring to many when a celebrity who they have long admired takes public but controversial political stands. Health care reform is very unpopular, especially among seniors, and by supporting it, Griffith has placed himself on the opposite side from many of his fans. Hence, the nose dive in his popularity.”

I actually find it funny that with all of the “cool” Hollywood types at their disposal Obama’s White House chose Andy Griffith to carry their ball.  Betty White is so much more popular right now. 

The overwhelming evidence seems to be that a majority of Americans are against or at least unhappy with Obamacare.  How can the Associated Press possibly infer that many Americans want more Obamacare?  I would like to propose that whenever a “news organization” reports the results from one of their polls they report the questions used in the poll, who they polled, when they polled (daytime polls generally over sample Democrats), and how many were polled. 

Any newspaper that prints an article that doesn’t include this information does its readers a disservice.

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