The Fox 'News' network recently published a poll titled, "Voters support ObamaCare delay, disapprove of Congress", but inspection of the poll revealed more information about the network's viewership than executives would likely have wanted to be revealed.
The poll, conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw & Company Research, reached 952 registered voters via live telephone interviews at the beginning of October.
The title of the poll is misleading, as it does not take into account all of the available information. Respondents were asked:
Several provisions of the health care law have already been delayed. Setting aside how you feel about the law, do you think implementation of it should be delayed for a year until more details are ironed out, or not?
There was 57% agreement, but Fox did not include a relevant question in their headline:
In the end, do you believe the health care law will be repealed or defunded, or will it remain in place?
With 64% agreement that the law would remain in place, the previous position of delaying the law is a quizzical. Why was it not asked if the respondents thought it was a futile effort to delay The Affordable Care Act, but they were voting to do so merely out of spite? That question, while yielding the same answer, would not have played as well for a pithy headline.
Taking this information into account it is of little surprise that Fox News neglected to report their viewers found Democrats to be more favorable than Republicans. The following question was asked:
Please tell me whether you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of each one:
The Democratic Party: 44%
The Republican Party: 35%
The Tea Party: 33%
While Fox News' viewers may not like Democrats, they certainly don't like Republicans either. This information does not bode well for Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections.
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