Friday, August 28, 2009

A bit about Washington Post/ABC energy polling

Poll Finds Broad Support for Obama on Energy Front -
Most Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling energy issues and support efforts by him and Democrats in Congress to overhaul energy policy -- including the controversial cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
[The article above calls 55% "broad" support. Why does it fail to mention that the same poll found 64% support for increased oil and gas drilling?]
This Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Aug. 13-17, 2009, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults [not necessarily voters; where, exactly do these people live?] including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, PA.
24. To address the country's energy needs, would you support or oppose action by the federal government to (ITEM)? Do you support/oppose that strongly, or not strongly?*
c. Increase oil and gas drilling

--------- Support --------- --------- Oppose ---------- No
NET Strongly Not strongly NET Strongly Not strongly opinion
8/17/09 64 48 16 33 21 12 3
901. Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as (a Democrat), (a Republican), an independent or what?....
Lean Lean No
Democrat Republican Independent Other No op. Dem. Rep. Lean
8/17/09 35 25 34 6 1 15 14 11
[Also, why is the Democrat/Republican split at 35/25 in the above sample, when Rasmussen has a split at 38/43?]
This summer brought a significant shift in voter preferences in the Generic Congressional Ballot. As Republican Congressional candidates once again lead Democrats by a 43% to 38% margin this week, this is now the ninth straight ballot the GOP has held a modest advantage.

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