Tuesday, March 07, 2006

THE FRUSTRATED POLLSTER

Brent Baker over at NewsBusters is at it again:

“ABC & WPost Skip How Poll Finds Majority Support for Surveillance, Bush Approval Up”

http://newsbusters.org/node/4324

No mention is made of the umpteen other questions not highlighted by the news mavens… Such as “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress is doing its job?”

Two to one disapproval…

For the rest of the story:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/includes/postpoll_iraqwar_030606.htm

This is a big poll, and includes results going back in some categories as much as thirty years. It made a dandy spreadsheet in Excel, especially if you like graphs with a negative slope…

You know, I think Brent is just plain frustrated. NewsBusters need to commission their own polls so they can tell the talking heads what to emphasize and what to ignore in their all too short encapsulations…

In the meantime, it’s a good idea to continue to read the polls in their entirety, IMO…

At least NewsBusters is a good place to go and link up…


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