March 4, 2003
War of the Polls
According to a Washington Post poll, 59% of the country supports a war with even without U.N. support. Tom Friedman says, however, "don't believe the polls. I've been to nearly 20 states recently, and I've found that 95 percent of the country wants to see dealt with without a war." I myself find the poll numbers hard to accept, even taking into account the fact that almost all the people I talk to live in New York City. A close relative of mine who is a retired Army general and very conservative is against the war, although he is usually very supportive of the use of force to support American interests and in conservative agenda. All of the young people I know are against the war. I know precisely one person who is for the war.
The reason I bring this up is that these polls generally seem to miss the mark. There is either a conservative bias at work or some flaw in the way the polling data is collected, or the questions are asked.
Anybody out there really know anything about this? I have to say, most of these polls are conducted by the very same conservative news media, large corproations, etc., who demonstrate a conservative bias in their reporting.
Posted by Tom Burka at 3:54 PM