Thursday, July 24, 2014

ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN FOX NEWS PUSH POLLING

Fox News pollsters ask some straightforward questions and get responses that are more or less in line with what you see in other polls. (Question 1 in the current Fox poll: "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?" Approval 42%, disapproval 52%, which is pretty much where other polls have the president.)

But several questions in, you get this sequence of questions in this Fox poll:




Wow -- Fox's pollster usually slips in just one or two questions based on right-wing talking points (see Steve Benen's roundup of previous dubious Fox questions), but here are four, including three pushing the Obama-as-tyrant line (and one pushing exactly the opposite line: that Obama has given up on being president, presumably while also clinging tenaciously to dictatorial power).

The Foxsters got the numbers they wanted on executive orders, but on impeachment, not so much. Or maybe they did want a rejection of impeachment, which, recent history tells us, has not been good for the Republican Party.

The numbers above were released yesterday. Today, a few more numbers from the same poll were released -- and, well, there were more push-poll questions, this time about immigration:



Apparently the wingnut propaganda is working, unless these numbers are utterly fake.

I suppose that's not surprising. Fox and other right-wing media outlets put out Putin levels of propaganda. Fortunately, we still have other sources of news and opinion in America -- at least until Rupert Murdoch buys them all.

3 comments:

Victor said...

"Fortunately, we still have other sources of news and opinion in America -- at least until Rupert Murdoch buys them all."

Besides NAFTA and pulling away from Glass-Steagle, this was another of the bills that Bill Clinton signed that still biting us in the ass - allowing Rupert 'Murderoch' to own newspapers, and TV and radio stations.

Oy!

The New York Crank said...

Love those loaded Fox questions that wouldn't even dream of biasing the answers. So let me ask an equally not-loaded one:

Do you think Fox News is a nest of filthy saboteurs who want to destroy your prosperity and that of most Americans and put in a Koch family dictatorship, or are you one of them?

Yours most crankily,
The New York Crank

tgchicago said...

...here are four [poll questions], including three pushing the Obama-as-tyrant line (and one pushing exactly the opposite line: that Obama has given up on being president, presumably while also clinging tenaciously to dictatorial power).

I've long been impressed by the, shall we say, dexterity of thought demonstrated by rightwingers who shift easily back and forth between "Obama is a weak, feckless incompetent!" to "Obama is a Chicago thug dictator!". They can leap nimbly from one end of the spectrum to the other and then back again with no effort or even consideration. Quite impressive.