February 28th, 2011

Maybe The Questions Suck

I have yet to weigh in on the Des Moines Register’s recent Iowa Poll. To be honest with you, I just don’t find the results to be all that interesting. Still, there are a couple of things that deserve further debate.

Iowans Don’t Care about Gay Marriage.

The Register was shocked at the polling results on the issue of gay marriage. In one instance they asked whether or not last fall’s retention vote was good for Iowa. 39% said yes, 44% said no, and 17% were not sure.

Here is what I know about that question, it sucked.

It’s like asking someone who had surgery for hemorrhoids if it was a good thing. Ahh no, but it was necessary. I don’t know anyone who thinks it was great great thing to boot the judges, but I know a lot of people who thought it was necessary.

The Register’s question on a constitutional amendment about marriage was appropriate but poorly worded. Is it impossible to ask, “Would you vote in favor of or against a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage between one man and one woman?” Instead the Register asked, “If there were a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages, do you think you would vote in favor or against changing the law so that same-sex marriages are no longer allowed in Iowa, or would you not vote?”

What a mouthful. First, there is no law that allows same-sex marriages in Iowa, there is a court decision. Second, why add the “do you think” crap in the question. Keep it simple stupid.

Finally they asked if people favor or oppose the court’s decision that has allowed gay marriages. 32% agree with the ruling, 30% don’t care, and 37% oppose it. That’s all fine and dandy, more people disagree with the decision than agree with it, but lets not forget the actual results from the November retention campaign.

I also find it funny that the Register claims that their Iowa Poll shows Branstad didn’t get much of a honeymoon. While its true that 45% of people approved of the job that Branstad’s done during his first month in office, they seem to forget that he has a +10 rating, which is nothing to sneeze at. Culver’s numbers while in office were under water.

So while they made a big deal out of Branstad’s 46% job approval rating, they completely overlooked the fact that Iowans support his agenda.

Iowans cannot afford to pay for pre-school for all: 57%

Public employees should pay $100 a month for healthcare: 61%

Increase taxes on casinos: 53%

Those are three major parts of the Branstad agenda. So he might not be getting a honeymoon from the people that were polled, but his agenda is pretty much getting the green light.

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