The Fraud of Public Opinion.
|By: inoljt Friday August 6, 2010 5:34 pm|
By: Inoljt, http://mypolitikal.com/
American concern for global warming appears to have reached a nadir. Poll after poll indicates that Americans are more skeptical of global warming; meanwhile the Senate cap and trade bill has just died. As with so many other liberal issues nowadays, the news is grim.
Most pundits attribute this skepticism to partisan politics. The theory goes something like this: with partisan bickering at an all-time high, Republicans are tending to reflexively oppose any Democratic proposal, and vice versa. Because preventing climate change has become associated with liberals, Republican voters are now automatically treading against it. This Times article exemplifies the strain of thought; it is titled “Rising Partisanship Sharply Erodes U.S. Public’s Belief in Global Warming.”
There is only one problem with this theory: it is not true.
|By: Josh Nelson Thursday July 22, 2010 7:13 am|
New data shows that support for offshore drilling has reached its lowest level ever in Rasmussen’s latest polling. Here’s how the GOP-friendly pollster** frames the latest data (emphasis mine):
With the deepwater oil leak apparently capped after three months of gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, support for both offshore oil drilling and drilling further out in deepwater remains largely unchanged. Most voters also remain concerned about the potential environmental impact of new drilling.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of U.S. Voters now believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, while 26% oppose it. One-in-five voters (19%) are undecided.
That’s down from 60% last month. Since the oil rig explosion that caused the massive oil leak, support for offshore drilling has ranged from 56% to 64%.
Predictably, Rasmussen leaves most of the useful information out of their analysis. In their polling immediately prior to the rig explosion in the Gulf, 72% of likely voters supported offshore drilling. Even with Rasmussen’s skewed likely voter model, this represents a 16% shift in just 11 weeks. The current level of support among likely voters, 56%, is the lowest ever recorded by Rasmussen for this question. Moreover, support among Democrats for offshore drilling has dropped from 54% in early April to just 29% in the latest poll. Support among Republicans remains relatively flat, down just 4%. GOP support for offshore drilling, at 82%, is actually up 8% from its low point in late May.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday July 21, 2010 7:14 am|
That Americans are not supportive of progressivism is largely a conjured up fear to excuse a failure to advance a progressive agenda and win support from Democratic Party leaders for progressive change. The American people support progressive ideas. They just need real progressive leadership that, independently from Democratic Party interests, promotes a vision and future where these progressive ideas are indeed viable and practical.
|By: brycecovert Wednesday June 30, 2010 9:10 am|
Memo to Pete Peterson: Americans don’t want cuts Social Security – and here’s the proof.
|By: Teddy Partridge Tuesday May 11, 2010 5:30 pm|
In the first public opinion poll to entirely account for the ongoing BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, support for offshore drilling has “plummeted” per CBS News, who conducted the poll.
|By: Jim Moss Monday May 3, 2010 7:00 pm|
Americans are more optimistic about the future of the economy than they were last month, according to a new CBS News/ New York Times poll.
|By: Windroot Friday March 12, 2010 4:09 am|
The average American could not name the last 10 presidents if you put a gun to his head. So why do we care what they think about a complex problem like global warming. Well, because the average legislator is no smarter than the citizens he or she represents, but they are smart enough to know which way the political wind blows.