If we love the president we must pressure our legislators to vote for his jobs bill. Loving Obama is a great reason to pass a bill. That’s in the Constitution, right? If not, it should be.
The Prez must have his mojo back as the New York Post reported today, “More Americans want their member of Congress to vote in favor of the president’s jobs bill than against it by a 45% to 32% margin, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday”.
Oh no! That’s terrible news for all us right-wing wackos. Or is it? Let’s take a gander at the poll, shall we?
First thing to learn about trusting poll numbers is who conducted it. Gallup is a red flag right off the bat. But let us break it down. Maybe I’m wrong? Wrong, yeah, that’s a good one.
Here is the verbatim question that was asked to the participants:
“How closely have you been following the news about President Obama’s jobs bill, which he outlined in a speech to Congress last Thursday night– very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all?”
Answers: Very Closely = 22%, Somewhat Closely = 34%, Not too Closely = 22%, Not at All = 21%, No Opinion = 2%
Huh? So the people who have been paying no attention at all are virtually equal to very attentive ones? Yet their opinion is counted.
Now let’s take a look at how they found these scholars.
The following is direct from Gallup:
Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones and cellular phones, with interviews conducted in Spanish for respondents who are primarily Spanish-speaking. Each daily sample of 1,000 national adults includes a minimum quota of 400 cell phone respondents and 600 landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas among landline respondents by region. Landline numbers are chosen at random among listed telephone numbers; cell phone numbers are selected using random-digit dial methods. Landline respondents are chosen at random within each household on the basis of which member had the most recent birthday.
Samples are weighted by gender, age, race, Hispanic ethnicity, education, region, adults in the household, phone status (cell phone only/landline only/both, having an unlisted landline number, and cell phone mostly). Demographic weighting targets are based on the March 2010 Current Population Survey figures for the age 18+ non-institutionalized population living in U.S. telephone households. All reported margins of sampling error include the computed design effects for weighting and sample design.
Sounds like they just spoke with first schmo that answered the phone. No mention of citizenship. No question of their voting status. No sample narrowing at all.
This poll, as I suspected, is total Crap and is meant only to sway the general, Jersey Shore watching, uninvolved masses as well as scare the ill-informed and spineless Congress.
The President’s bill is a boondoggle, should not be passed and I don’t love him.