Misleading poll questions

Michelle Malkin:

The same folks that gave us a misleading poll about Terri Schiavo are now reporting the results of a poll that asks, "Would you support or oppose changing Senate rules to make it easier for Republicans to confirm President Bush's judicial nominees?" Not surprisingly, given the wording of the poll, a huge majority of respondents said they oppose the Republicans.

As Jim Geraghty at TKS notes, the result might be quite different if the respondents were asked, "Do you support a minority of Democrats preventing Bush's judicial nominees from being voted on, when a majority of senators have indicated their support for those nominees?"

For historical context, the pollster should also have mentioned that no judicial nominee has been filibustered since September 1968.

But that kind of fairness in polling is simply asking too much.


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