Then We Didn’t, Now We Do
USA Today reports that “More Americans now favor than oppose the health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law Tuesday, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds — a notable turnaround from surveys before the vote that showed a plurality against the legislation.” You can read the entire article here.
So, the day before the signing of the bill, a plurality (or more, depending on the poll) was against it. The day after the bill is signed, a majority is for it. Why? What new information was there that changed our minds? Obviously, none. This confirms my suspicion that polls are largely the reflection of whatever the media has been saying the months or days before the poll. We were against it because we heard and saw all the negativity. Then we were for it because…it got signed with lots of ceremony and congratulation?
Has anyone done a study on the relationship of polls and the media?