Wednesday, March 01, 2006

CBS News Poll Can't Hide the Truth

The most recent CBS News poll (PDF file), released yesterday, has President Bush's approval rating at an all-time low of 34%. Nearly every question has a more negative response than the past and like vultures to a rotting carcass, the liberal pundits have jumped on this news with vigor. The only problem is the fact that this "representative poll" included only 27% Republicans and 40% Democrats out of 1,018 respondents. Therefore the reactions espoused in the poll are to be expected from such a biased sample base.

Nevertheless, there is one poll question that hit me like a ton of bricks:


Justified --- Not justified --- Don’t Know
Publishing cartoons -------------------- 32% ------------ 27 --------------- 41
Violent Muslim reaction --------------- 9% ------------- 56 --------------- 35

Even a skewed poll shows support for the Danish cartoons and opposition to the fanatical Islamist response worldwide. Nevertheless, the terrible media coverage of the DPW ports deal is yielding negative results as 21% of respondents supported the ports deal. However, a simple matter of question wording could clear this up quite a bit. If the question, instead of saying, "Should UAE company operate US ports?" maybe they could try, "Should the sale of a British company that owns six US ports to a UAE company be allowed?" I think the response would be much more favorable, and I'm pretty sure they knew that.

This is why you will rarely see me quote poll data unless I find a good question and a responsible source. Too many times I have seen polls ask stupid questions to skewed sample bases, and it simply gets on my nerves. However, I will do my best to uncover the truth so that you can spread the real story to those who may not know what's truth and what's make believe thanks to the MSM ...

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