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POLLS: Uninformative data need fleshing out

Letter by Anne T. Wood, Terry R. Mace, Fox Island on April 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm with 15 Comments »
April 3, 2012 2:02 pm

Re: “Election will pit weak incumbent against a weak opponent” (David Gerson column, 4-3).

Gerson states that “Americans overwhelmingly believe the country is on the wrong track.” This often-cited result from polling data is not informative because it does not address why people think as they do.

For example, some people think President Obama’s policies are taking the country in the wrong direction. Others think the Republican-dominated House policies are taking the country in the wrong direction.

Until pollsters ask people why they are responding as they do, the data from this simplistic question provide no substantive information.


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  1. While the polls indicate that the majority of Americans do believe that we are on the wrong they never seen to identify which is the wrong track – Obama’s Progressive or the Regressive Conseratism.

  2. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The answer is obvious. BHO’s out of control progressive policies that hurt the poor, middle class, women and minorities.

    His abuse of power and blame. Czars, EPA (good bye coal jobs!), Fast & Furious, Van Jones & the radicals, the Beer Summit, Biden, hot mics, “the first time I was proud to be an American”….. Oh, the biggest nightmare of them all, the slowest recovery in history (thanks for the massive regulations in the middle of the recession! Even Keynes would say that was terrible policy).

    For the kids- Congress is made up of the House of Reps and the Senate. Republicans only control the House. Contrary to the rhetoric, the House passes bills (like budgets). The Dem controlled Senate was quantified as the least productive in history! So, Dem WH and Dem Senate are breaking govt.

  3. LornaDoone says:

    Was that a copy and paste, ct7?

  4. alindasue says:


    The answer is only “obvious” in your own mind.

    The latter writer has a valid point. Most poll questions are asked in such a simplistic (and, often, leading) way that it is hard to glean substantive information from their data.

  5. alindasue says:

    Oops, I meant “letter writer”, not “latter writer”.

  6. Pecksbadboy says:

    At least the headline does not say “Data Don’t Support”

    concernedtacoma7 does not have enough rational thought to consider than anyone else other than himself has ever has ever had a competent argument.

    When the “Shrub” was in office 50% or more of America had the same opinion of him you have of President Obama.

    Sorry buddy but currently the shoe is on the other foot so buck up and live with it. If you feel the next election will change things go vote but your spouting of the GOP rhetoric without a thought of you own will not change anyone’s mind.

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Larnos, that was all me. You can reuse it if you like. Strike a nerve? Truth hurts. I really feel bad for of the blue collar coal miners put out of work by BHO. Surprised Buffett has not thrown a fit, since his trains carry that coal. Perhaps BHO made a deal for the Canadian oil?

    Alindasue, I agree te polls often ask leading questions. One has to read into the methods before taking them at face value.

  8. Theefrinker says:

    I think we should blame McDonalds for this country going in the wrong direction. Wait, no… rap music. How about guns, drugs, Jersey Shore, BMWs, cell phones, bottled water, plastic bags, Two and a Half Men, Lattes, pink slime, or the internet. This place never really had much of a chance to begin with; blaming anything subsequential to its birth is a waste of time.

  9. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    When the “Shrub” was in office 50% or more of America had the same opinion of him you have of President Obama.

    Sorry buddy but currently the shoe is on the other foot so buck up and live with it.

    LOL, whatever you say!

  10. sandblower says:

    Just more concerned nonsense being seconded by vox…..or is that fox? The letters are very close together.

  11. LornaDoone says:

    Want to know how to get a negative response from a conservative in a poll?

    Ask the question – “Obama”

  12. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    I dunno’ but there does seem to be a preponderance of “sand” blowing about these days.

  13. LornaDoone says:

    There should probably be more sand pounding

  14. bobcat1a says:

    theefrinker, it’s HOODIES.

  15. Truth hurts so much the neoconseracons aviod it at all cost.

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