In today’s political world we’ve gone poll crazy. It seems like just about every day I see some media entity pushing some poll that they’ve put together and I’m constantly shocked by just how many are terribly conducted. Whether the sample size is too small, the questions or methods are horribly flawed or the source is completely biased, many results really shouldn’t be taken seriously.
In the case of polls done by Fox News, they often fall into all three categories.
Who remembers a poll they did a few months ago where they asked people what they thought about how things were going in the world today, with the only two answers being “to hell in a handbasket” or “everything will be alright”? As someone who’s a bit of a poll nerd, seeing those answers nearly made my head explode. Then to realize that poll was done by a supposedly legitimate news channel makes it even that much worse.
Well, Fox News recently promoted two new polls on Twitter that caught my eye. One covered the favorability of Hillary Clinton, while the other asked respondents who they felt was the least ethical out of Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Naturally, Clinton’s unfavorable rating (49 percent) was higher than her favorable (45 percent) and she led the least ethical list with a whopping score of 44 percent:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 14, 2015
I’m sure everyone reading this is absolutely shocked that Fox News would do two polls showing some rather unfavorable marks for Hillary Clinton. After the overwhelmingly positive coverage she gets on the network, I know I was “stunned” at these results.
But to expose just how horrifically flawed their polling process is, just look at how the five individuals ranked based upon whether or not the respondents viewed them as ethical. First, the fact that they included one Democrat means that she instantly became the lone target for conservatives participating in the poll to go after. Not only that, but do you notice how the two candidates seen as the “most conservative” were the two that were viewed as the most ethical of the entire group? Yeah, because I’m sure if I did a random sampling of 100 people with 40 Democrats, 40 Republicans and 20 independents, Cruz would be seen as twice as trustworthy as Clinton.
You know, the guy who Politifact has rated as one of the most dishonest politicians in the country.
The results literally went in order of:
- The Democrat.
- The least conservative.
- The second least conservative.
- The two who are seen as the most conservative.
And who could have possibly predicted that, right? A Fox News poll where the Democrat received the worst marks while the most conservative of the bunch received the best. Yeah, nothing at all sounds staged, rigged or faulty about that poll – not at all.
The truth is, these Fox News polls are nothing more than right-wing propaganda meant to push the same sort of anti-liberal nonsense the entire network is built upon. For anyone to look at these polls done by America’s conservative entertainment network as even remotely credible is an absolute joke.
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