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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Correlation-Equals-Causation Fallacy Watch
Topic: WorldNetDaily

In an April 22 WorldNetDaily article touting poll results from its ethically challenged pollster Fritz Wenzel, Bob Unruh writes that "Democrats over the last month actually began to express growing alarm as details of his health-care plan started to emerge." Unruh goes on to quote Wenzel:

Wenzel noted some of the details of Obama's health-care program have begun to emerge this month, "revealing far more restrictions and taxes than first advertised."

"U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's claim that Congress had to pass a bill to find out what is in it is coming true, and it is coming back to haunt Democrats," he said.

But none of the questions in Wenzel's poll even mention health care reform, let alone explain what the provisions are. Wenzel is not only making conclusions about his poll that he has no evidence to support, his biased attack on health reform -- also without citing any evidence -- raises a red flag about the intent of his polling.

We've previously noted leading language in Wenzel's poll questions that appear designed to get a specific answer from respondents.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:22 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, April 25, 2010 10:39 AM EDT

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