September 30, 2009
In a recent Gallup survey, 89% of Republicans, 64% of independents, and 61% of Americans overall say Americans themselves -- rather than the government -- have the primary responsibility for ensuring that they have health insurance. Six in 10 Democrats say the government should be primarily responsible.
It's all in how you ask the question:
Other national polls on this topic have found a higher degree of public support for government involvement in guaranteeing healthcare coverage, but those question wordings do not provide a non-governmental alternative.
Poll questions should reflect the real world alternatives. In the real world, there are only two alternatives: health care can be an individual responsibility, or government can assume some part of that responsibility by subsidizing the cost of individual health insurance or even providing it outright to all citizens.
Asking a poll question that ignores the way things have been in this country for over 200 years is, to say the least, profoundly dishonest. Not to mention highly misleading.
Of course, if you don't like the opinions of your fellow Americans, you can always label anyone who disagrees with you a racist. Or.... not.
Posted by Cassandra at September 30, 2009 01:04 PM
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Asking a poll question that ignores the way things have been in this country for over 200 years is, to say the least, profoundly dishonest.
Hey! Asking the questions *honestly* won't produce the *numbers* that we're looking for -- I'll bet you're a
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Posted by: BillT at September 30, 2009 02:47 PM
Politician (or anyone wanting a poll): Yes, Mr Survey, we'd like a poll to find out the people's opinion about Subject A.
Mr Survey: OK, fine. How do you want the results to come out?
Posted by: ZZMike at September 30, 2009 10:35 PM
I've done polling. ZZMike's scenario is what it is.
Another trick they taught us in Manipulative Pollster School (which was a night class after our Mistress of Deception course) was that in reality and relation to public opinion, no one looks at the margin of error and the mere existence of the poll that says the "majority" believes something or another tends to sway public opinion into the "majority" belief.
So it's really a win-win situation for everyone involved in the "right" answer. Right?
Posted by: airforcewife at October 1, 2009 08:32 PM