Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poles apart on high-speed rail

Before we get too exited about this poll, we need to remember all the polls taken by the CHSRA last year which showed that 200% of all Californians, including their pets, demanded that we build this high-speed train as quickly as possible.  

After several of these fascinating studies, people began to do some homework on "push-polls" to realize that the questions were loaded and the polls were rigged.

So far, to my knowledge, there has been no reliable statewide poll ascertaining the will of the voters in 2011 about what a majority supported in November of 2008.  That would be immensely useful but it would have to be transparent and legitimate, not yet another biased set of questions for a select number of pollees (?).

As far as I can tell, the Rasmussen Reports are part of the array of conservative, right-wing political organizations and therefore their polls need to be taken with a very large grain of salt.  http://blog.reidreport.com/tag/rasmussen/

So, even if this public relations promotional poll tells us what we want to hear, my reproducing this article about Rasmussen's latest HSR poll is not much more than returning fire with fire. 

New Poll Finds More Americans Against Obama's High-Speed Rail Plan Than For It

A poll from Rasmussen Reports found that likely voters are not buying President Barack Obama’s plan to dramatically increase high-speed rail in the United States. The poll found 41 percent of those surveyed backed the plan with 46 percent against it. There is a partisan divide on the issue with 59 percent of Democrats behind it, 62 percent of Republicans against it and 55 percent of independents opposing it. 

The poll also found Americans think more high-speed rail will not help create jobs—but slashing government spending would. Most of those surveyed, 57 percent, thought cutting government would lead to more jobs while 28 percent thought that high-speed rail could lead to more employment. 

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken on February 10-11 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.