MILLINOCKET, Maine, February 1, 2015 – It’s interesting to see how the New York Times continues to try to tell us what we think. The spin on the latest Times/Stanford poll is a case in point.
From January 7 – 22, 2015, one thousand and six adults were polled nationwide.
The headline reads:
“Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds.”
The lead sentences starts with:
“An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming….”
If you just accept that statement, you might think that most people have just had a climate epiphany and there’s now little or no opposition to the climate change agenda.
In an attempt to affect the 2016 elections with the poll’s results, we are told that Americans are not likely to vote for a candidate with questions or denials of the “science” that humans are the cause of global warming.
And apparently almost half (48 percent) of Republicans polled are said to support the effort to curb climate change.
But later in the story it is declared that “Many Republican candidates question the science of climate change or do not publicly address the issue.”
Do you see what they did there?
They tried to pry apart the opinions of polled Republicans and split them from candidate Republicans.
In reference to global climate change the phrase “Assuming it’s happening” is used numerous times, which sounds as if the authors of the poll aren’t sure about it either.
Of course the Times highlights the portions of the poll that appear to support its premise as stated in the headline and the lede. What else could we expect?
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