As we quickly approach the 2012 presidential election, you will be bombarded by an insufferable amount of polling. Some will claim Romney is tied with Obama and others will say Obama is ahead by 493028990 points.
Polls can serve as a reflection of how the country collectively feels about issues and candidates if they are done in a non-partisan and honest way. But in cases like this recent poll from Bloomberg News they serve as a reflection of bias.
Take a look at this question from the poll:
Now here’s what they say Obama said he would do if he were elected:
Because I know that Obama has “intense truth related issues” and has already raised taxes on many middle-class Americans, I am less than impressed with the 62 percent who are skeptical, but I guess it’s a start.
More importantly, notice how the question is asked. It’s what Obama said about himself. It’s not a fact checked claim or anything, just that Obama said something about himself---do you believe him?
With that in mind, here’s how they word the poll about Mitt Romney:
Poll results aside, I don’t remember Mitt Romney ever saying his tax cuts would “primarily benefit the wealthy”. I don’t remember the “Hey everybody, let’s primarily benefit the wealthy” speech. Romney has never said those words. I know Romney says he will cut tax rates by 20% across the board. For everyone. In Obama’s question, he gets the benefit of his own rosy vision of his policies. In Romney’s question, the pollster from Bloomberg slips in a mention of Romney favoring the rich. There is no reason for that.
By manipulating the language of the statement, this poll becomes skewed and a completely unreliable barometer of public opinion.
Bottom line: my completely unbiased opinion is that polls don’t mean anything unless they say Romney is up 10 points.