Friday, March 22, 2013

Spinning the Polls

Spinning the Polls
P. Schultz
March 22, 2013

This will have to be a quickie. Below is a link to an article from the Washington Post written by Andrew Kohut, founder of Gallup Polling, in which he claims that it is the hard core conservatives in the Republican Party that are the issue, at least for Republicans. As he notes, 58 percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of the Republican Party and this is due to their hard core conservatives.

But at the same time, he notes, in passing, that 46 percent of the public holds an unfavorable view of the Democrats. Now, perhaps this is just me, but what this tells me is that the public can hardly support either party and, if that is the case, why focus on the hard core conservatives as the cause of these low ratings. Sure, 47% of the public have a favorable impression of the Democrats but that makes their support a wash, cancelled out by the 46% that is not favorably disposed to the Democrats.

Seems to me that what these polling numbers indicate is that the public is fed up with the status quo. But then I have never been very good with numbers!

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