Friday, January 27, 2006

From the see no liberal bias files.

In today's LA Times we have some new polling data. On page 2 of the website story we see this:

A narrow plurality, 49% to 45%, said they supported Bush's decision to allow the National Security Agency to intercept, without a warrant, international communications suspected of links to Al Qaeda.


On page 5 we see the question that generated that response:

Q: George W. Bush authorized federal government agencies to use electronic surveillance to monitor phone calls and e-mails within the U.S. without first getting a court warrant to do so. Do you consider this:

Acceptable: 49%

Unacceptable: 45%

Don't know: 6%


I'll give the Times credit for at least listing the question in the story, but why the loaded wording of the poll question? It doesn't mention terrorists, Al Qaeda, or International communications at all. In fact it explicitly asks about phone calls and e-mails within the U.S. It certainly seems they were hoping to use this language to achieve a much different result.

Then when they get the results, which surprise me immensely considering the question they asked, they change all that in the story to international communications suspected of links to Al Qaeda.


Full LA Times story here

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