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LurkerMom,Nice reliable & neutral source you picked there ;-)______________________________________Here is another take on the Dan Rather, oh wait, I mean CBS poll. ;)<snip>. The data set itself is dramatically more Democrat. It's 28% Republican and 37% Democrat AFTER they weighted Republicans UP. In other words, the sample was even more Democrat when it came back. In fact, Democrats were 40% of the sample and Republicans were only 27%. Someone clearly knew having a sample that was 40-27 would be a tip-off, so they weighted Dems down into the 30%s in order to avoid extreme criticism. Why is the sample so Democrat? One reason may be because almost every question bangs the President and I would guess that the hang ups they get are vastly more Republican than Democrat. Think about it. Why would a Republican sit on the phone and answer loaded anti-Bush questions for 15 minutes? · The survey is NOT being done for actual opinion research, but is being done for headlines. Most of the work I have done for 10 years – probably 90% of it – is NEVER released publicly. It isn't being written for headlines, it's being written to get the truth about how people feel. This survey is mostly done to zing Bush, Cheney and Republicans generally.· Many of the questions are AWFUL. Q54 is an excellent example:"Q54 After 9/11, President Bush authorized government wiretaps on some phone calls in the U.S. without getting court warrants, saying this was necessary in order to reduce the threat of terrorism. Do you approve or disapprove of the President doing this?"Does this accurately capture what he authorized? NO!!!!!!! It leaves out the fact (intentionally) that these were calls originating or ending internationally. Any respectable pollster would have included this information – or at the very least split sample the question and given this information to half of the sample to see its impact.<http://corner.nationalreview.com/06_02_26_corner-archive.asp#091178>
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