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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-26-07 02:42 PM
Response to Reply #129
130. That's the problem.
The poll has been "interpreted", (or misinterpreted) rather than the actual survey questions and results being posted.

In some states, members of the public have the right to view the counting of votes and verify how that process is working. In other states, citizens are in effect barred from viewing vote counting even if they would like to view the process. Which of the following two statements are you more likely to agree with A or B?

Statement A: Citizens have the right to view and obtain
information about how election officials count votes. 91.8%

Statement B: Citizens do not have the right to view and
obtain information about how elections officials count votes. 5.9

Neither/Not sure 2.3

With computerized electronic voting machines, votes are counted using proprietary or confidential software from corporate vendors that is not disclosed to citizens.

Do you agree or disagree that it is acceptable for votes to be counted in secret without any outside observers from the public?

Agree 13.7%
Disagree 79.8
Not sure 6.5

Though I agree that the poll questions were poorly constructed, it shouldn't be difficult to construct sentences that accurately indicate the poll results, such as:

"Nearly 92% polled agree that the public has the right to obtain information about how votes are counted." and

"Nearly 80% indicate their belief that it is unacceptable to have votes counted without public observers."

The problem is that the results have been misinterpreted/misrepresented from the moment they were reported by Zogby (by the claim that 92% want public counting, which the poll does not show).

It would seem pretty simple to use accuracy (and retain some credibility for truth) rather than 'spin', but, oh well.

Now apparently it has gone beyond misinterpretation or spin to outright bullshit.
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