Poll games: read those crosstabs!

Today brings a classic example of why one should always follow the link to the poll itself, concentrating on the crosstabs while ignoring the media spin.  Question 23 of a new CNN poll of adults asks In another proposal, Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved. Would you favor or oppose this proposal? A remarkable 66% of those polled favored the above description of the Republican Cut Cap and Balance plan, yet most readers of the CNN story on the matter will never know this because CNN reported the poll results as: Strong partisan divide on debt ceiling. Here are CNN's opening paragraphs. Washington (CNN) - Americans are hungry for a solution to the debt ceiling debate but there is a big partisan divide that isn't going to make a solution easy to achieve, according to a new national survey. And a CNN/ORC International Poll also...(Read Full Post)