So, what would YOU think if you saw the following headline?
Poll: World Doesn't Respect Bush
Perhaps the poll is one of world leaders, or maybe selected citizen samples from countries around the world? That's what I would think. Then the data from the poll would be of note and something worth looking into further. So, why do I think this poll is useless? Let's take a look at the first paragraph:
(CBS) Americans generally approve of President Bush's handling of the current Mideast crisis, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll, but six in 10 say the president is not respected by foreign leaders.Gee that's interesting, the WORLD doesn't support Bush according to a poll of AMERICANS. To me it seems like the writer of the article and the headline writer just didn't communicate too well. I know some will disagree, but this type of question in a poll of Americans makes about as much sense as asking African-Americans how Hispanics view Asian-Americans. How do Americans know what foreign leaders think about President Bush, or Mickey Mouse for that matter? I personally don't know ANY world leaders so, if asked the same question, I would have to decline to answer because my only source of information on this topic is the news media. In other words, what I know about what any world leader thinks/believes is hearsay. Therefore, it doesn't seem to make any sense to ask me what they believe about anything since I haven't spoken with them personally about it. But, that's just an observation.
As an aside, I thought there was a pretty funny little "footnote" to this article. The last two paragraphs read as follows:
A separate CBS News/New York Times poll on Congress and the 2006 election (.pdf) found continued low approval ratings for lawmakers and the president translating into a Democratic lead in the midterm voting this fall.So, to be accurate we have 20% of registered voters who would support neither the Democratic or Republican candidate. Given an error percentage of 3-5%, does that mean we're almost in a statistical dead heat for any one of the three to end up in a runoff?
If the midterm elections for the House of Representatives were held today, 45 percent of registered voters said they would support the Democratic candidate, while 35 percent would support the Republican.
Speaking of polls. I've added a poll on polls (LOL) on the right hand side. Enjoy
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