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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:09 PM
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Poll: Big Majorities Call R Wing Health Care Attacks “Scare Tactics”

Wow, this is cause for cautious optimism: Buried in a new Bloomberg poll is evidence that solid majorities dismiss all the leading right wing health care talking points as “scare tactics.” Not kidding! It’s true. The poll tested a range of attacks and asked whether they were “legitimate” or a “disortion” and a “scare tactic.”

* Sixty-three percent said the claim that “death panels of government officials would decide how much medical care ailing individuals will receive” is a scare tactic, versus 30% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-nine percent said the claim that “health care would be rationed” is a scare tactic, versus 35% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-two percent said the claim that “health care would become socialized medicine” is a scare tactic, versus 43% who said it’s legit.

* Sixty-one percent said the claim that “government money would be used to pay for abortions” is a scare tactic, versus 33% who said it’s legit.

* Fifty-eight percent said the claim that “government money would pay for health care for illegal immigrants” is a scare tactic, versus 37% who said it’s legit.

How to square these numbers with other polls showing a far more credulous public? My bet is that by explicitly offering people the choice of seeing an assertion as a “scare tactic,” it encourages far more skepticism than polls that merely ask whether people agree with the claims.

http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/health-care/poll-big-... /
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=a1a...
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:15 PM
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1. Glad to hope that there are some deep wells of rationality out there.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:15 PM
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2. FACT: Big Majorities Are Correct.
MOST Americans simply are NOT AS STUPID as republic officials and pundits wish they were.

Freepers, of course, are.
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:12 AM
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3. Agreed.
This poll was reassuring.

With the msm awash with the acting out of the terminally stupid, it's easy to start worrying that their are more of them than there actually are.


It still amazes me though, that while dragging the dead weight of so many gullible, weak minded Americans we've actually managed to progress as far as we have.




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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:38 AM
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4. I'm sure this will see the
light of day. :sarcasm: Not on the M$M it won't.
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:45 AM
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5. Perhaps if we Rec this to high heavens, someone will see it.....
after all, the media does patrol this site.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:33 AM
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9. They only let me recommend it once.
:fistbump:
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andym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:56 AM
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6. K&R -- important information nt.
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Joe the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:53 AM
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7. Well that's good to know I suppose....
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 01:53 AM by Joe the Liberal
and somewhat reassuring, it's good to know most people realize this.
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majority Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:54 AM
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8. of course they are
these ppl opposed giving health care to kids
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:00 AM
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10. Now that strikes me as a legitimate poll...
going to the heart of the issue as opposed to most of the other polls which offer NO context to their questions.

Recommended.
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