By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 9, 2013 10:13 am | 0 Comments
In part one of this article we examined how a highly respected newspaper like the New York Times employed biased polling questions to arrive at the questionable conclusion that the American public is in favor of austerity measures to cut deficits. In part two, we shed light on why this happens and its consequences for the U.S. economy….
How polls demonized deficits in the U.S. (Part One)
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 8, 2013 8:53 pm | 0 Comments
Recent polls suggest that most Americans have bought the austerity argument that deficits are bad for the economy and need to be eliminated. However, a closer look reveals this conclusion is unwarranted. It appears the poll questions are biased because they don’t provide respondents with a legitimate option on how deficits could be eliminated through a stimulus program to create jobs….
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Dec 26, 2012 9:00 pm | 0 Comments
Public opinion on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ offers yet another sorry demonstration of how political and media interests have conspired to create a crisis atmosphere for something potentially far less traumatic….
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Dec 8, 2012 5:00 am | 2 Comments
Some weeks ago I attended a memorial for Jim Murray. For many years Jim was the executive producer of the CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. The show won numerous awards….
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Oct 26, 2012 2:06 pm | 1 Comments
The CNN/ORC poll of those who watched the third presidential debate again understated the degree to which Obama dominated his Republican adversary. As was the case in the second debate, the reason for this was an overrepresentation of Republicans in the sample that was selected….
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Oct 21, 2012 5:16 am | 1 Comments
Public opinion polls giving President Obama a modest and indecisive advantage over Governor Romney in the second debate may have substantially underestimated the strength of his debate performance. The cause of this distortion can be tied to the degree to which there was significant overrepresentation of Republican voters in the poll samples…
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Sep 19, 2012 4:56 am | 0 Comments
Without resorting to over-the-top partisan vilification, Clinton’s DNC speech made it apparent that Republican policies could not achieve their goals as they pertain to deficit reduction, reducing taxes, and sustaining …
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Aug 9, 2012 4:31 am | 0 Comments
Associating partisan phraseology with Republican or Democratic positions, cues respondents to readily answer poll questions on complex issues. For pollsters, the partisan propaganda process yields a high level of response …
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | May 2, 2012 5:01 am | 0 Comments
While the polls were dead wrong in predicting a Wildrose majority, they were critical in helping to craft the Progressive Conservative victory.
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Apr 4, 2012 4:47 am | 0 Comments
Why are American media giants like the New York Times and CBS News disseminating polling results that are fanning the flames of war against Iran?
By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 6, 2012 5:01 am | 0 Comments
It can be argued that the biggest problem America faces is not the deficit in its budget. It’s the deficit in truth and trust of its government institutions. Yet this …