This CBS Poll is a Joke


Come on! “Do you feel the country is headed in the wrong direction?” What kind of question is that if not over-the-top sensationalism? It assumes that the country IS headed in the wrong direction, so when 75% of Americans answered yes, anyone with a shred of common sense should conclude the answer is subjective. An unemployed person’s vision of where the country is headed has to be different than an investment banker on Wall Street. A housewife, a single mom, a homeless drunk, a retiree, a factory worker, and an entrepreneur would all have different expectations from our government. Thus anything that works against those expectations would garnish a ‘yes’ answer and completely ignore the facts.

If you don’t want to buy health insurance and the government is going to force you to buy it, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are an investment banker and Congress is about to stick you with tougher regulations, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you are a general in the army and you’re about to be pulled out of a combat zone, the country is headed in the wrong direction. If you’re a senior citizen listening to talk about cutting entitlements, the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The list of examples is endless, I’m sure, so this CBS Poll is actually meaningless. However, it gets one’s blood pressure up and the blame finger wagging. Never mind that seniors just got a 3.7% raise. Never mind that our troops are finally pulling out of Iraq. Never mind that Federal, State, and City governments are being forced to trim their budgets to operate within their means. Never mind that health insurance companies can’t deny you coverage anymore. Never mind that retail businesses are booming and consumers are spending more than ever. Never mind that the stock market has recovered more of its losses than experts predicted. This list of examples is endless, as well.

I’m fed up with Obama being blamed for everything that’s wrong in the eyes of the 75%. Fifty four percent of those polled said he doesn’t deserve to be President for another term. Never mind that he’s the only President who succeeded in any kind of health care reform. Never mind that he bailed out the banks and the auto industry and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs (and last I heard over 90% of that money has been paid back). Never mind that he got Osama bin Laden, Never mind that he’s ended the war in Iraq. And for everything the 54%ers say he’s failed to do, don’t forget he’s up against a Republican congress determined to undermine him at every turn in hopes of pissing off enough voters and regaining the White House in the next election.

So CBS, your poll is a joke. But worse, it’s a sham perpetrated on us for the sake of journalistic sensationalism. I’m sick and tired of all the whining. And for those doing all the whining (Occupy Wall Streeters included) move to another country so the rest of us don’t have to listen to it.

Oink Oink. And that’s American Pork.

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3 Responses to This CBS Poll is a Joke

  1. Patti says:

    I don’t trust either side. Polls mean nothing, pollsters can make the results reflect their opinion just by twisting words around in the question that is asked, just like accountants can transfer money around to make a loss look like a gain.

    At this point in time the only thing I believe is that both parties are telling people exactly what they think the public wants to hear – not the truth by any means. They adopt a policy they think will get them elected and then when reality hits they are forced to change course and go back on their pledge. Very few of our elected officials are from the middle class, they have no idea of what it is like to worry about whether you will be able to make your rent/mortgage payment this month, whether you will be able to feed your kids, find a job and so on. Until we can control the lobbying, and special interest groups access to our elected officials we cannot expect them vote the way their constituents want them to.

    It is a sad commentary but we also have to remember that many other great democracies are fighting this same battle right now and most of them have been in existence much longer than ours. The solutions are not going to be easy for anyone, rich or poor but somehow we have got to pull together, suck it up and move forward!!

  2. Karen Lin says:

    True this type of poll is rather meaningless – except that it may play a role in swaying voters. People can often be gullible to whatever they hear on any side of an issue. For example: The bank bail outs. Ha, think we’ll ever see the bank money come back to us in any form? As to the bail out of GM – wrong also. They moved money around on the books to be able to say they paid back the loan. They paid that back by dipping into another package of bailout money. TARP loans were ‘repaid’ with other TARP funds in a Treasury escrow account. The whole debacle was a deceiving money-shuffle to make the bailout look successful for political reasons. Fancy that? deception for political reasons… much of that money never will be coming back to us. And back to banks — some of it disappeared because of the banks being forced to make bad loans to prevent “red lining” and some because they shuffled bad loans around into big groups to hide the bad debt and sell it off.

  3. Kenn Amdahl says:

    Of course you’re right. I don’t doubt the statistics, but think the media is misreading them. Half the liberals think Obama hasn’t gone far enough, so they disapprove. But they will all vote for him anyway compared to any of the likely Republicans. Most of the right thinks he’s gone too far– but they were never going to vote for him anyway. Same with his approval/disapproval numbers. His negatives seem high right now, but that doesn’t mean that liberals will vote for someone else. I suspect conservatives are overly optimistic because they assume everyone who is disappointed with the direction of the country blames Obama just like they do and would prefer a more conservative prez. Half those “wrong direction” citizens want the country to steer farther left. Given a choice of Newt or Barack, their decision will be easy.