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I've often heard it said that if you look hard enough, you can find a poll that supports just about any point of view. This morning on WakeUpLaredo, radio host Tom Wade on 1090 am, did just that. Being an avowed conservatist, Wade no doubt thinks the protesters in Wisconsin are wrong in what they're doing. To "prove" it, he cited a Rasmussen Poll on whether or not voters are behind Governor Walker's attempt to break public employee unions in that state. Not surprisingly, Wade said that Wisconsin voters are on the Governor's side.
What Wade conveniently left was that Rasmussen is often cited by Fox News because it has a history of framing the poll questions in a way that achieve the desired (Right-leaning) results. For example, in this particular poll, Rasmussen closes out the poll with a couple of questions that can be construed as leading.
* Should teachers, firemen and policemen be allowed to go on strike?Please notice the first question above asks if teachers, firemen and policemen should be allowed to go on strike. In reality, only the teachers are on strike. The firemen and policemen are sympathetic to the strikers but are not on strike themselves. Having them both on strike would be frightening to many. There could be looting and chaos. Very few people would want law enforcement and fire fighters on strike. By lumping them together with teachers in this question, Rasmussen assures itself poll results that are appear to be favorable to Governor Scott Walker.
* In the dispute between the governor and the union workers, do you agree more with the governor or the union for teachers and other state employees?
P.S. It didn't even take me a minute to find a poll favorable to the protesters and against Walker. Greg Sargeant of the New York Post cites a Public Policy Polling (Dem-leaning Poll) survey that finds:
On the core question, Wisconsinites strongly back the right of public employee unions to collectively bargain, 57-37. And voters are divided on whether they would support a recall of Walker, 48-48, with slightly more independents say they'd support recalling him. But this nugget may be the most interesting of them all. Non-union households are backing the unions, too: