I don’t know why I watch or read CNN anymore. I saw this story on the President’s speech and read the following:
In the post-speech sample, 70 percent of respondents said Bush’s policies on health care were positive, while 66 percent approved of the president’s plan for Social Security.
Bush showed almost as much improvement on Iraq, with 78 percent of respondents saying U.S. policy there is heading in the right direction, a 12 percentage point increase over pre-speech polling. Overall, 77 percent of respondents said Bush is taking the country in the right direction after the speech compared to 67 percent beforehand.
I thought that sounded unbelievable. Turns out it is, because in the next paragraph you read this:
The strong positives for the president’s policies may in part be a reflection of the poll’s sample. Of the 485 people surveyed, 52 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 25 percent as Democrats and 22 percent as independents. The poll was done by telephone interviews and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Ya think? Ya think that if you double the number of Republicans, it might skew the poll a touch?