Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Getting the Description RIght
Indeed, questions that have asked about "Obama's plan" are particularly egregious violators of the tenets of good polling: As of yet, no such thing as an "Obama plan" exists. So when CNN asked respondents whether or not they "favor or oppose Obama's plan to reform health care" and the NBC/Wall Street Journal polling team asked whether "Barack Obama's health care plan" is a good idea, they were asking respondents to voice an opinion on an imaginary concept.
Even Barack Obama's plan from his website is vague and doesn't give clear numbers- http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/HealthCareFullPlan.pdf
Also, the Republican party tends to spread a lot of strange rumors about what Obama is for and what he is against, perhaps giving people false information about his healthcare ideas.
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