Obama: Maybe you should pay more attention

posted at 2:50 pm on July 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Via Greg Hengler, Barack Obama had a message for the 69% who oppose an increase in the debt ceiling: pay attention.  In response to a question from CBS’ Chip Reid, Obama said that those Americans aren’t paying attention, and insinuated that pollsters may be bamboozling survey respondents by asking trick questions anyway.  Obama then puts on his Pollster in Chief hat and shows how he would have asked the question:

Depending on how you phrase the question — if you said to the American people, “Is it a good idea for the United States not to pay its bills and potentially create another recession that could throw millions of more people out of work,” I feel pretty confident I could get a majority on my side.

Well, I have my issues with CBS polling, but I don’t usually have a problem with the way the questions are asked. Still, let’s check to see what nefarious spin CBS put on this poll question that hoodwinked 69% of the public.  Here it is: “Should the debt ceiling be raised?”

Those sneaky SOBs!

Let’s follow Barack Obama’s template for a poll question, shall we?  How about, “Should we add $2 trillion more to the federal government’s credit-card limit to allow Washington to spend more money than it receives, waste money on bailing out unions in state government and the auto industry, while eroding our global fiscal position, or should we cut off Washington’s borrowing power?”  I daresay I can predict what will get a majority on that question, here or in the general public.

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New tax analogy: Let’s tell Comcast that 50% of their customers will get their service for free. What happens to the bill for the other half? And Comcast must increase their cable service at the whim of a civil service, sometimes elected, oligarchy. And then, due to the burden of of teir cable bill and not being able to pay the bill, those at the bottom of the paying half start falling into the free cable category. Eventually, no one has cable and the oligarchy succeed.

allstonian on July 12, 2011 at 9:42 AM

NObama?? LOL

mathewsjw on July 13, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Whomever voted Unsure/No Opinion, go get a lobotomy.

portlandon on July 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Odds are, that is WHY they voted thus.

Freelancer on July 14, 2011 at 5:18 PM