In a brilliant illustration of how to skew poll results any which way you want, the recent New York Times/CBS News poll came out over the weekend claiming “72% support Obama’s government-run health care solution.” Taking a few minutes to examine the sample data will explain the immense discrepancy.
The bottom line, stack a poll with people who voted for Obama in a 2 to 1 margin and you get some broad support for his policies, imagine that. Then it becomes front page news.
CNSNews.com busts the poll wide open:
(CNSNews.com) – A New York Times/CBS News poll released Saturday that showed broad bipartisan support for President Obama’s health care reform, over-sampled Obama voters compared to McCain voters, critics say.
The poll, administered June 12-16, found that 72 percent of respondents favored the creation of a government health-insurance plan that would compete with private insurers.
It also said 50 percent of respondents thought the government would do a better job providing medical coverage than private insurers, up from 30 percent in 2007; and that 59 percent thought the government would be better at holding down costs, up from 47 percent two years ago.
But critics including pollster Kellyanne Conway say the results are inaccurate because they are heavily skewed toward those who voted for Obama in the 2008 presidential election.
In addition, other indicators point toward a repeat of the defeat Hillary Clinton’s proposed government-run faced in the early ‘90’s.
Out of 895 respondents, 24 percent were Republicans, 38 percent Democrats, and 38 percent were independents, according to a June 20 release from CBS News. While the release says the sampling was conducted at random, those numbers are significantly below the 32.6 percent who identify themselves as Republican according to a May survey from the nonpartisan Rasmussen Reports.
Similarly, the Times/CBS poll said 48 percent of respondents had voted for Obama, versus 25 percent for McCain, a nearly two-to-one advantage for Obama supporters.
Had those results been reflected in the November presidential election, Obama would have garnered 66 percent of the vote to McCain’s 34 percent, Conway, president & CEO of “the polling company,” told CNSNews.com.
“Was the vote 66-34? You tell me,” Conway said.
In 2008, Obama won 53 percent of the vote, McCain won 46 percent.
Conway said that the poll was skewed toward Democrats and Obama supporters because the Times and CBS made it so.
Predictable, yet sad how the new government-media complex is working hand-in-hand to push socialized health care on the country using faulty polling data. Some people were inevitably fooled by the poll since the New York Times made it their headline story:
“Almost nobody ever takes them to task for this, because they are CBS and the New York Times,” Conway added. “It is true that more Americans are identifying themselves as Independents, but everyone is doing polling; no one (else) is getting these numbers,” Conway said.
The Times ran an accompanying story on the front page of the Sunday edition with the headline “In Poll, Wide Support for Government Run Health.” The findings were also reported by most other major outlets.
The Times article interpreted the poll results as indicating broad, bipartisan support for government involvement in health care.
Then you find out that just below the surface, there is no support for a government health care plan which begins to infringed on the private sector.
Rasmussen points out that, in these areas, the Times/CBS poll was consistent with other polls.
“CBS, like everybody else, found that most people are satisfied with their health-care coverage,” he said. “But they have qualms about the overall system. And that is the biggest single obstacle to reform: people do not want to change their own coverage.”
Conway agreed. Because of their satisfaction with their own coverage, Americans are unlikely to rock the boat.
“The difference this year could be that Barack Obama is a more compelling messenger than Hillary Clinton.” But, she added: “Americans can do the math.”
They are hesitant to support the record expenditure it would take to pass sweeping health-care reform. Conway says.
So there it is, the 72@ number is totally bogus made up of Obama voters used to create the appearance of such support for Obamacare. What’s amazing is that this isn’t even speculation, just examine the polling methods and you can see the purposeful skewing as clear as day. The country didn’t vote for Obama in a 2 to 1 ratio which means this poll is already invalid before it even hit the presses. This appears to be something a bunch of amateurs would do yet it’s from the New York Times and CBS News, need I say more?
Here’s a hint: When the media has to skew polls to show inflated support for something, it’s bad news for the administration’s plans.