Posted by: eratigan | July 31, 2009

Second look at a health care poll

The New York Times ran a story on the national health debate, but-really-about-Obama’s-popularity yesterday. The article was based on results of a NYT/CBS poll, but it was really interesting to dissect after the lecture on polls. The article concluded that Obama’s sway in Washington was “eroding,” and hinted that his honeymoon with the American people may be ending.

While reading the 1500-word article, I realized I didn’t really know anything more about the issue at heart and that such a story is just planting opinions in some readers’ minds and reconfirming others’. Unlike the polls we discussed in class, however, the Times was very open about how they conducted the research and printed a description along with the story. It’s hard to know if polls can actually be useful sometimes or are just a media trick to manipulate/create facts.

Click here to read the 23-page document describing how NYT/CBS conducted their poll.

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