GOP Losing In Polls. So What?
On February 17, Guy Benson wrote, "Poll: GOP Somehow Losing DHS Funding PR Battle". The article cites a "CNN poll" that is actually an article by Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Director of Polling. The "poll" results:
- 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shuts down
- 30% would blame President Barack Obama
- 13% say both deserve the blame
There are three factors that are problematic with the cited "poll," and these factors should make the GOP smile rather than panic.
First, Agiesta's article never bothers to provide the question(s) that led to CNN's conclusion. That alone should cause the GOP to see this "poll" as bogus. Question wording and how asked can solicit desired responses. But CNN goes even further, omitting, as Benson says, "... Senate Democrats -- who are the chief obstructionists in this drama -- [who] aren't even listed by CNN's pollster as target for blame."
Second, CNN's objectivity can (and should) be questioned. CNN has proved over and over that it has a very liberal bias. They often “spike” items that don't further their agenda. Would CNN have published the "poll" findings if they were not favorable to their liberal agenda?
Third, the CNN article title: "Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP" should be enough of a tip-off to illustrate CNN's agenda. "Blame"? How can blame be assigned objectively if no question(s) were provided so analysis could be done? But that fact didn't deter CNN.
GOP losing in polls? So what?! The GOP gained nine Senate seats (and the majority) in the 2014 election, and gained twelve seats in the House, further extending its majority. The GOP clearly won that poll.
The only "poll" that matters, that means anything, is taken on the first Tuesday of November of every other year. And that poll gave the GOP a huge favorable response. So, GOP, look at the result of that poll and vote accordingly. If y'all don't, come November 2016, y'all may (probably will) lose the only poll that matters.
Or, as Ann Coulter says, "If a Republican majority in both houses of Congress can't stop Obama from issuing illegal immigrants Social Security cards and years of back welfare payments, there is no reason to vote Republican ever again."