Tuesday, November 17, 2009

AP Buries Inconvenient Results of Latest Healthcare Poll

The headline that is being picked up by every newspaper on the planet is this:

AP POLL: Tax the rich to pay for health bill

Of course that's no surprise since "the rich" are the scapegoats for everything in our budding socialist utopia. Why take responsibility for yourself when some "rich" person can pay for you, right?

Of course what the Associated Press does not even mention in their story is probably the most relevant part:
In general, do you support, oppose or neither support nor oppose the health care reform plans being discussed in Congress? (IF SUPPORT/OPPOSE Is that strongly support/oppose or somewhat support/oppose?
To no surprise that's opposed by 43-41%. Eleven percent neither support or oppose and 4% "don't know."

Also conveniently left out of their story is the response to whether people should be penalized if they do not buy the government-run health care: Sixty-four percent oppose. Why do you suppose that was left out?

Also left out was of the respondents, 37% are unemployed or retired. No wonder they want someone to pick up the tab.

Forty-two percent think they economy will get worse if this scam is shoved down our throats, while 28% think it will improve. Again, this is left out of the story.

Also, over the past five years, 86% of respondents said the care they received from physician or hospital was excellent or good, only 2% said it was poor. This was left out of the AP story. So why do we have to blow up the entire system?

Another question left out:
How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in Washington to do what is right – just about always, most of the time, or only some of the time?
A total of 24% said all or most of the time. And we're going to trust them?

You can go here and click the top link (a PDF) for the questions.

It's a shame the Associated Press leaves out so many relevant results of their own survey. Although entirely unsurprising.

Instapundit links. Thanks!

Update: As was pointed out in the comments the AP changed the headline on this story and reworked it. How convenient. They have 11 people fact-checking Sarah Palin's book but evidently not enough people checking their own stories. Tom Blumer at NewsBusters saved an image. Click to enlarge.

Sweetness and Light dissects this AP propaganda and who's behind it.

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