Saturday, January 28, 2006

Poll Comparisons

CNN and Fox News both conducted polls on President Bush as the President prepares to give his State-of-the-Union address. CNN’s article has more of an anti-Bush flavor and Fox presents a more favorable view. Check out their respective opening sentences where CNN notes four negative results to start its article whereas Fox notes future interest and the fact that at least Bush’s approval rating is holding steady (a fact noted by CNN later in its article.

CNN—Opening sentences

Fox—Opening sentences

A majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a candidate in November’s congressional elections who opposes President Bush, and 58 percent consider his second term a failure so far, according to a poll released Thursday.

Fewer people consider Bush to be honest and trustworthy now than did a year ago, and 53 percent said they believe his administration deliberately misled the public about Iraq’s purported weapons program before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found

As President George W. Bush prepares to give his sixth State of the Union speech, a new FOX News poll finds that Americans want to hear him to talk about the situation in Iraq, the economy and terrorism. The president’s approval rating is 41 percent, which is about where it has been for more than two months now.

The poll shows that Americans are most interested in hearing the president speak to the nation about the situation in Iraq (26 percent), the economy (20 percent) and terrorism (11 percent). (Respondents named topics without the aid of being read a list.)

Fox sticks mostly to its poll results. CNN throws in some other facts along with the poll results. For example, in results on Iraq, CNN notes the U.S. death toll.

The questions that were asked show some bias as well. For example, the subject of corruption is handled differently. In searching both polls, each ask questions about corruption. Look at the difference between the two. CNN specifically asks about corruption in government and then which parties could handle it better. Fox does not ask directly about government corruption but compares the issue of corruption to government overspending. The other corruption question deals with the U.N. scandals.

Fox discounts the corruption issue by saying: “In the wake of the recent Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, government corruption has been a hot topic. Even so, Americans think government spending is just as big a problem.” CNN looks to highlight it by including it on a list whereas a similar question by Fox was open-ended.

CNN--Corruption questions

Fox—Corruption questions

How important is it to you that the president and Congress deal with each of the following issues in the next year -- is it -- extremely important, very important, moderately important, or not that important? How about --


{one of the seven items is “corruption in government”}

What do you think is a bigger problem in Washington today – government corruption or government overspending?

Do you think the Republicans in Congress or the Democrats in Congress would do a better job of dealing with the issue of corruption in government?

In addition to the previous United Nations scandal involving

mismanagement of the Oil-for-Food program, there are now indications of corruption in the handling of peacekeeping activities. Do you think the United States should stop paying dues to the United Nations until its

problems of mismanagement are cleaned up?

Links to articles:,2933,182912,00.html

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