Politics

Polls Don’t Lie, Pollsters Do

Numbers can be manipulated.

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As a former pollster I can tell you, you can get any poll number you want if you ask the right questions to the right people. Save that, you can massage the numbers, playing up what fits your narrative and ignoring or suppressing inconvenient data. Happens all the time. The political pollster’s main goal? Please the client. Get paid. Ergo…Political analyst Liz Peek takes it from there.

Peek: “Liberal news outlets are reporting with smug satisfaction that President Joe Biden is earning rave reviews. A recent headline from NBC News is typical: ‘Polls show Biden reaping solid approval ratings with popular policies.’

They want us to believe that Biden’s progressive juggernaut is wildly popular, and that the president’s obvious inadequacies are a figment of right-wing imagination. They want us to think that common-sense Americans are OK with having our schools closed and our borders open, that we are on board with declaring our country racist and allowing riots to wreck our cities. They want us to believe that Biden is way more successful – already – than President Trump ever was.

“The liberal media is excited to see progressives in charge of the White House and rolling out an agenda of controversial policies that they support. Convincing Americans that packing the Supreme Court, junking the filibuster, outlawing right-to-work states, banning voter IDs or defunding the police are perfectly reasonable ideas is easier if the left-wing media pretends such policies are popular. They are not.

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For example, NBC cites enthusiasm for Biden’s $2.3 trillion jobs plan, but fails to note that people like the program as long as they don’t have to pay for it. Funding it through higher corporate taxes or hiking taxes on high earners is acceptable, but few want to pay increased tolls (31%) or higher gas taxes (29%).

A more recent survey from CNBC shows only 36% of Americans support the infrastructure plan, beating out those who disapprove (33%) by only three points – within the margin of error. Thankfully, a majority of those surveyed (55%) is worried about deficits.

NBC’s piece contains only a glancing reference to Biden’s ‘unpopular handling of the border’ and explains that dealing with people entering illegally ‘wasn’t something [Bide] put on his early to-do list, but which is now something he clearly owns.’

That is a lie; on Biden’s first day in office he stopped construction on Trump’s border wall and within two weeks signed an executive order overturning other measures his predecessor took to stem the overwhelming flow of undocumented migrants. Biden ‘owns’ the border mess for good reason.” That, and a host of other issues, will be a political anvil around his neck come 2022.

This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 20, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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