Archive for December 20th, 2011

12/20/2011

Ambiguous polling is the best kind of polling!

by wfgodbold

Pew Research Center just released the results of a new poll on the tax system. Politico spins the results as “57% say the rich don’t pay enough taxes.”

The only thing is, that’s not what the poll said.

What the 57% of people actually agreed with is that “wealthy people don’t pay their fair share”.

Which could be taken either way; either it’s not fair that the wealthy people aren’t paying more, or it’s unfair because they’re paying too much.

Badly phrased questions make for bad poll results.

Or at least easily spun results.

Maybe that was their goal in the first place?

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