By Dave Andrusko Once upon a time, the Associated Press was rightly considered a reasonably objective news source. It is less so today, This is hugely important. With more and more newspapers facing a grim financial future, purchasing stories from the AP is a huge cost saver. For example when I was back home in …Continue reading "21 days out and has the media learned any lessons from 2016?"
By Dave Andrusko The closer we come to November 6, the more I am reminded of the immortal Yogi Berra, who once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Suddenly, Democrats are “surging” with three weeks to go before the mid-term elections. Not in the Senate, mind you, but in the House. Evidence? We’re …Continue reading "“Here they go again!” Inflated projections for pro-abortion Democratic candidates"
Republican women more enthusiastic than Democrat women By Dave Andrusko Granted the obvious caveat—polling numbers will change multiple times between now and November 6—NPR reported Wednesday that “Just over a month away from critical elections across the country, the wide Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has defined the 2018 campaign up to this point has disappeared, …Continue reading "Enthusiasm about November elections now just as high among Republicans as Democrats"
By Paul Stark A new Star Tribune-MPR News poll indicates that 59 percent of Minnesotans want Roe v. Wade kept in place. That’s a highly misleading and unreliable finding. Here’s the poll question: “Roe v. Wade was the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal. Would you like to see that abortion law kept in …Continue reading "Poll of Minnesotans’ views on Roe v. Wade is highly misleading"
By Right to Life of Michigan “Republicans divided over abortion,” the headline reads. The Hill teamed up with a sister company of the Harris Poll for a survey on the topic of abortion. The major takeaway, in their mind, is that Republicans are “evenly split” on abortion: 20% of Republicans polled said abortion should be …Continue reading "New Abortion Poll with Dishonest Headline"
By Dave Andrusko According to The Hill, a recent online poll on abortion conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company “found that 41 percent of respondents believe that the procedure should be legal in limited circumstances, such as rape, incest and to save the life of the mother.” Another 14% said abortion “should be …Continue reading "Pro-life majority found in recent poll"
By Dave Andrusko Just for fun, since we are still 77 days away from the November 6 mid-term elections, I thought we’d talk about an interview CBS News pollster Anthony Salvanto gave to the New York Post. Naturally we have to take everything he says with more than a few grains of salt; he is, …Continue reading "A few thoughts about the elections 77 days out"
Providence, RI—WPRI 12 released a poll last week purporting to show strong support for an abortion bill held for further study during this past session in the General Assembly. But they failed to mention that the question posed in their survey has almost nothing to do with the actual bill. The WPRI 12/Roger Williams University …Continue reading "“Fake News” on abortion from WPRI 12"
By Dave Andrusko A quick post about President Trump’s approval numbers. Rasmussen Reports surveys tend to give the President higher numbers because they do not ask “adults” or “registered voters” but “likely voters.” But what is also true, as was pointed out today by Jim Hoft, is that President Trump’s approval number of 50% is …Continue reading "Trump reaches 50% approval in latest Rasmussen survey"
By Dave Andrusko The headline to Laura Santhanam’s story read, “How has public opinion about abortion changed since Roe v. Wade?”. Like virtually all the poll-related stories that have cropped up since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement (tomorrow is his final day), the objective is to persuade the reader than any replacement—which …Continue reading "Mangling results of abortion opinion polls continues apace"
By Dave Andrusko We’ve previously discussed three of Gallup’s promised six-part series on abortion and public opinion (see here; here and here). Among other conclusions, we can say More people still consider abortion morally wrong (49%) than morally acceptable (43%); Unlike so many other “social issues,” where Americans’ views “have been growing more liberal, the …Continue reading "Gallup says women slightly more pro-choice than men but veteran pro-abortion pollster says women are “less likely to be pro-choice”"
By Dave Andrusko As you would expect, with the looming possibility that Justice Anthony Kennedy would announce his retirement (which he did last week), pro-abortion organizations began cranking out “research” to “prove” that the public is in love with abortion and, in fact, is more likely to vote for a pro-abortion candidate than a pro-life …Continue reading "Here comes another wave of misleading polls to mislead the public about abortion"