Thanks to the Newsbusters web site for pointing out that a recent New York Times/CBS News poll on health care was skewed to show that most Americans favor President Obama’s position.
According to the poll, a majority of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay higher taxes and believe the government would do a better job than the private sector of holding down health-care costs. However the polls data shows that 66% of the respondents had voted for Obama last November and only 34% for Senator John McCain. So of course the polling results came out the way The New York Times and CBS News wanted them. They always do.
There will never be a New York Times/CBS News poll with numbers that reflect positively on Republicans. Had McCain discovered a cure for cancer during last year’s campaign, here’s how the development would be polled by The Times and CBS News:
“Do you believe the cure for cancer will mean an additional drain on Social Security funds because they will be accessed for years longer by people with increased life spans?”
And the resulting front page New York Times headline: “Most Americans Oppose McCain’s Cancer Cure.”
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