IT’S NOT WHAT YOU ASK, BUT HOW YOU ASK IT…

A great deal has been written in the last couple of weeks about Quinnipiac University's poll on Wal-Mart. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, was kind enough to point me to the complete surveys for Ohio and Florida. (The choice of states is an interesting one.) The survey asked respondents 29 questions. The Wal-Mart-and-politicians questions show up as No.'s 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28. As a starter, here are the results (click on charts to enlarge) for Ohio:
Question No. 24
Question No. 25
Question No. 26
Question No. 27
Question No. 28
My intent is to do several posts analyzing the survey results, but my initial observation is that the survey's primary conclusion that since (a) a lot of people shop at Wal-Mart, therefore (b) a lot of people approve of Wal-Mart's business practices is flawed. For instance, if a question No. 23 1/2 had been asked along the lines of: Do you think Wal Mart should be allowed to intentionally structure its health care plan so that individual states and you, as a tax payer, pick up a substantial portion of its employees healthcare costs? I'd have to believe that the responses to the following questions would have been different. And yes, I recognize that that borders on Push Polling, but surveys don't exist in a vacuum. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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