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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Joseph Farah's Mysterious Poll
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Joseph Farah writes in his Nov. 15 WorldNetDaily column:

"What is our greatest hope for the future of this nation?"

That was a question put to Americans in a scientific public opinion survey last July.

What do you suppose was the No. 1 answer?

Was it Barack Obama?

Was it a Republican Congress?

Was it a better business environment?

Was it lower taxes and less regulation?

Was it smaller government?

No, it was not Barack Obama. And it wasn't any of the other answers as well. That might shock those trying to push the tea-party movement to promote an exclusively – and I do mean exclusively – economic or materialistic agenda.

The No. 1 answer was, instead, "Return to traditional moral values."

That answer was chosen by 49 percent of Americans in the poll, over the following:

  • Technological innovation – 16 percent
  • A better business environment – 13 percent
  • The next generation – 12 percent
  • The next election – 10 percent

So, who conducted this "scientific public opinion survey" that Farah is referring to? How was it conducted? Who paid them to conduct it? What was the margin of error?

We don't know the answers to any of these questions. Farah doesn't tell us, and a Google search turned up no details whatsoever about this poll. Besides, "What is our greatest hope for the future of this nation?" is hardly the kind of question that a legitimately objective pollster would ask.

The fact that Farah is being intentionally vague about the poll to which he's referring says a lot about the veracity of the poll. If he can't do something so simple as tell us where to find this poll, perhaps it shouldn't be trusted.

Which, of course, undermines the entire premise of Farah's column, which is yet another attempt to inject a social agenda into the tea party. No wonder he's being so vague about this poll.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:04 AM EST

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