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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CBS News Finds North Korea-Like Approval for SOTU

I doubt you could find any issue on which 92% of people in this country agree.  And certainly not when the issue is political.

Yet CBS News ran an "online poll," which is getting plenty of attention, showing that 92% of people "approve of the proposals the president made in his [State of the Union] speech." 

The polling method used 500 supposedly representative people who voted online.  This North Korea-like approval rating is up from last year's Sadaam Hussein-like approval rating of 83%.

I think there is a problem with the polling methodology, including the nature of the question asked.  Of course an overwhelming marjority of people like proposals which are complete pie-in-the-sky wish lists.

I have a speech which I bet could get even better ratings:
"Tell me what you want and it's yours.  For free."
I hear there is an opening for CBS News' pollster in North Korea.

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  1. I wouldn't trust *any* poll from the Dan Rather Network to be done properly, let alone an internet poll.

    Sheesh. You can practically hear the ax being ground from where I am.

  2. The North Korea model does have its drawbacks. It's why people don't see shellackings coming in real elections.

    You'd think they would have a "could we be missing something important?" moment given that 40% of Americans self-identify as conservative.