Unfettered Musings

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

More unreliable polls.

Am I the only one who was hoping they would end with the election?

Yesterday Fox reported that an Associated Press poll found that a majority of Americans favor President Bush appointing Supreme Court Judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade. From the article:

The poll found that 59 percent say Bush should choose a nominee who would uphold the 1973 Roe v. Wade (search) decision that legalized abortion. About three in 10, 31 percent, said they want a nominee who would overturn the decision, according to the poll conducted for the AP by Ipsos-Public Affairs.

Soon after, Steven Ertelt at Lifenews.com countered with this enlightening article, claiming that the Associated Press poll contained an error that most likely skewed the results. Quoting from THAT article:

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- An Associated Press poll that measured public opinion on the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and potential nominees to the high court contains a key error that probably drastically changed the results.

The AP survey questioned whether or not Americans believed President Bush should appoint a Supreme Court judge who favors overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs, the poll qualified the question by first telling respondents that the "1973 Supreme Court ruling called Roe v. Wade made abortion in the first three months of pregnancy legal."

But, that's not true.

"Roe v. Wade allows absolutely no limits on reasons for abortion until nearly six months into pregnancy," explains National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson.

The article goes on to say:

The poll, which found that two-thirds of respondents don't want President Bush to appoint pro-life judges who will overturn Roe, flatly contradicts previous polling data.

A Wirthlin Worldwide poll commissioned just after the presidential elections, found 55 percent said they took a pro-life position and only 40 percent took one of three positions in favor of legal abortions.

Only 9 percent said abortion should always be legal at any time during pregnancy and just 25 percent agreed with the AP presentation of Roe, saying abortion should be legal for any reason within the first three months of pregnancy.

Doesn't look like AP is interested in trying to repair it's politically biased image here in post-election land. Ah well. I'm not really interested in giving them a second chance to try to regain my trust, either.
C'est la vie.