Taking a poll, then publishing the results to shape the news is just plain dishonest! Unless those who are polled are interested in politics and listen to in-depth news, their answers will be based on feelings instead of facts.
Pollsters can get any answer they want by the way the questions are asked. Most people are too busy after coming home from work to pay attention to politics. The news of the day is Britney, Lindsay and Paris, or dog fights or another missing person, or a rape and murder, or a car chase. Oprah, Dr. Phil and the daytime soaps keep the stay-at-homes occupied.
How can an honest poll be taken when people don't really know what is happening? Have you ever listened to a 'man on the street' interview? The average person doesn't even know who represents them in Congress.
I have never talked to anyone who has been polled. I wonder which part of the country gives the answers most desired.
We have a President with a backbone instead of being like these puny, wavering, whiney members of Congress who make decisions based on dishonest polls or the demands of far-out George Soros, or the Move On bloggers. We must win this war against the terrorists whose goal is to take over the world and to force their horrible religion on everyone.
It will never be the way it used to be. So, pray for the troops and for the 'surge' to be a success.
/s/ Jean Woodyard, Sunnyside