Patterico's Pontifications


Bill Maher’s Idea of Balance

Filed under: Schiavo — Patterico @ 8:24 pm

Flipping channels last night, what should I see but Bill Maher discussing the Terri Schiavo case with Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Dr. Cornel West.

I assume that there was a wide variety of opinions expressed. I have to assume, because I didn’t watch long enough to know for sure.

For some reason I wasn’t interested in watching Whoopi Goldberg play this issue for yuks.

How the Wording of a Poll Can Skew the Outcome

Filed under: General,Government,Schiavo — Patterico @ 7:07 am

I recently noted that polls, purporting to show Americans’ disapproval of Congress’s actions in the Schiavo case, were “push polls” that first gave the arguments for killing Schiavo (omitting any contrary arguments), and only then asked respondents for their opinion.

Michelle Malkin reports that the Zogby poll has asked a very different set of questions, and — surprise, surprise — received a very different set of answers.

How polls ask a question has everything to do with the outcome. If you believe a poll result without looking at how the questions were asked, you’re a sucker.

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