Earlier this week, I noted that the WaPo released a Presidential preference poll that…:
- Bucks all current polling and shows President Obama firmly in the dirver’s seat, which…
- releases no crosstabs or backup data for mere consumers to use to judge the poll’s context, parameters or validity.
As I predicted, only faster, the Strib is already on board. Joe Doakes – making a rare two-fer today – wrote to ask about h this column by Sue Hogan at the Strib:
“Catholics” is a pretty broad label. Abortion advocate John Kerry claims to be Catholic and so do openly-gay parishioners at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis as well as traditionalists who attend St. Agnes in St. Paul.
Who did they poll?
How was the question worded?
Silly Doakes. Raw data is for gatekeepers.
Let’s take a look at Hogan’s piece:
A majority of U.S. Catholics support President Obama’s decision to require religious institutions to include birth control in health insurance plans, according to two new polls.
A poll by the Public Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C., found that support among Catholics (58 percent) is higher than that of the American public overall (55 percent).
And who exactly is the “Public Religion Research Institute? They describe themselves as “non-partisan”, which pretty much inevitably means “left-leaning”. You be the judge. Their piece on the poll doesn’t go into a lot more detail than Hogan’s puff piece.
Likewise, a Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by Planned Parenthood found that Obama’s position enjoys support from 56 percent of American voters. Of the Catholics polled, 53 percent agreed with the president.
Meanwhile, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to decry the president’s decision, saying that it violates religious freedom.
And as we’ve noted in the past, PPP voter polls trend left of reality.
Look – I’ve expressed my skepticism that the Catholic Street really cares that much about the issue, or that the “middle management” would choose Vatican doctrine over progressivism. It could be that the polls are accurate. Since they seem to confirm my hunch, that’s a point in their favor 
But who did they poll? What questions did they ask?
And, more importantlly, why aren’t they teliling us who they polled and what they asked?
Remember – distrust but validate. Then, usually, distrust some more.
 Joking. I’m a kidder. I kid.