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CNN Cherry Picks Poll Results to Support Dubious Claim

10:33 AM, Jul 12, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Over at National Review Online, Ramesh Ponnuru highlights a CNN story entitled, “Voters sick and tired of health care debate.”  Ponnuru notes that the story offers essentially no evidence to support the claim made in its headline.  It’s also worth noting that the CNN story cherry picks one question from CNN’s latest health care poll, in the process painting a false picture of Obamacare’s popularity.

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CNN highlights a question that asked voters whether they like “provisions” of Obamacare, rather than asking them about Obamacare as a whole.  By a margin of 5 percentage points (52 to 47 percent), registered voters said that they favor “most” or “all,” rather than opposing “most” or “all,” of Obamacare’s provisions.  That’s the sole result from its own poll that CNN highlights in its story.

But the very next question in the CNN poll — asking voters whether they want Congress to keep Obamacare or to repeal it — would seem to be a more relevant one (especially since Obamacare was passed as “comprehensive legislation”). By a margin of 6 points (52 to 46 percent), registered voters responded that they want Congress to repeal Obamacare rather than keep it.  By a margin of 14 points (56 to 42 percent), independents said that they want Congress to repeal Obamacare rather than keep it.  By a margin of 22 points (60 to 38 percent), respondents in battleground states said that they want Congress to repeal Obamacare rather than keep it.

Given these results from its own poll, perhaps CNN has a point: Maybe it’s time for President Obama to give up the ghost, quit trying to defend his centerpiece legislation, and agree with the majority of Americans — and their representatives in the House — that it’s high time to repeal Obamacare.

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