A perfect opinion poll

We are about to find out the political persuasions (and perceptions) of a large group of people without spending a cent. National Public Radio (NPR) claims to be unbiased politically. The new budget of the Trump administration proposes to cut out all federal funding. It will be fascinating to see who complains and fights against it. If they’ve established themselves as neutral honest brokers, the complaints should arise equally from left and right, Democrat and Republican.

Note the results are irrelevant to the question of whether NPR is actually unbiased. This is about people’s perceptions of NPR, those liking it finding it agreeable to their world view and more likely to protest its discontinuance.

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  • tangent  On March 17, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Ah, you are old enough to recall Nixonian “hardhat” identity politics.

  • luysii  On March 17, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I’m a lot older than that. The country has gone to hell since McKinley’s assassination.

    Seriously though, my mistrust of the usual polls goes a lot farther back than presently — a family legend is that my grandmother who ran a dry-goods store in a small town as a widow said before the election of 1948 — “They’re talking Dewey but they’re going to vote Truman”

    The coming outcry against the proposed defunding of NPR, PBS etc. etc. will show just whose ox is perceived as being gored.

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