Pew Research question about bailout. They hire ninth graders to write the questions?

25Sep08

This question was put by Pew Research to gauge public opinion on the wall street bail out…

As you may know, the government is potentially investing billions to try and keep financial institutions and markets secure. Do you think this is the right thing or the wrong thing for the government to be doing?

The results? 57% said the government was doing the right thing, while 30% said it was doing the wrong thing. Could this result have at all been influenced by the wording of the question? Do ya think? The question I’m convinced has been written by a ninth grader: “investing billions” and “keep financial institutions and markets secure“. Well I wonder what the author thinks of the plan? “Hmm… let’s see here…”

Let me take a shot at this…

As you may know, the government is about to take $700 billion of your money and give it away to a bunch of cronies who made mortagages available to people who could not repay them, as well illegal immigrants. Don’t you think this is a bad idea?

Maybe that would change the poll a little. This truth is revealed in a completely contrasting poll performed by Times/Bloomberg. Look at the results…

Asked whether the government should use taxpayer dollars to rescue financial firms whose collapse could have adverse effects on the economy, 55% of the poll’s respondents said they did not believe the government should be responsible for funding a bailout plan.

This all points to the fact that the poll question is vital to understanding the results.

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