Quick! What do the latest polls show about Americans' attitudes toward health care reform?
Pollster Scott Rasmussen doesn't blame you if they've provided no clarity. The commentary surrounding the polls is to blame, according to Rasmussen, who writes a treatise today explaining why one of his and one from the Kaiser Foundation appear to show two entirely different results.
For example, the Rasmussen Reports poll found that in late November 38% favored the plan working its way through Congress and 56% are opposed. At the same time, a majority of Americans say that major changes are needed in the health care system.
The Kaiser Foundation poll found that 35% want reform and like what they hear about the current proposals in Congress. Fifty-nine percent (59%) either don't like the current proposals (33%) or don't want Congress to pass health care reform at all.
The difference between 35% who like the current plans in the Kaiser poll is essentially the same as the 38% who favor it in the Rasmussen poll. So is the opposite--59% in the Kaiser poll and 56% in the Rasmussen poll. Both polls show a majority desire to pass some kind of reform.
So, how did the blog posting conclude that the results were so different? Because they compared a Kaiser question about health care reform in general to a Rasmussen question about the plan working its way through Congress. At a time when people want reform but don't like what they're hearing about the Congressional plan, that's a pretty big difference. Compare apples to oranges and you make a mess.
Meanwhile, a poll out today shows 57 percent said their access to health care would stay the same under the reform plans. And 61 percent said their personal financial situation would stay about the same(2 Comments)
Whether it's a money-sucking waste of time or a necessary vehicle to lay the groundwork for space exploration is a debate that will continue until the U.S. gets out of the space shuttle business five flights from now.
But for pure technological artistry, nothing beats today's landing of the space shuttle on a perfect morning in Florida, as witnessed via NASA's TV feed.
It's all the more remarkable when you consider that this happened only a little more than 100 years ago.(1 Comments)
It was mildly amusing, perhaps, when the quest to get on a reality TV show led to the great balloon boy hoax, but this time, the quest for fame has gone too far. The White House this afternoon released this chilling photograph of the president receiving Michaele and Tareq Salahi at the state dinner this week. They weren't on the invitation list and had crashed the party thanks, apparently, to some of of the most incompetent work by the Secret Service in its history.
The director of the Secret Service Mark Sullivan was apologetic in a written statement, saying the agency that protects the president is "deeply concerned and embarrassed."
Lots of people should be.
The couple was a candidate for a Bravo reality show.(1 Comments)
The FAA on Friday released transcripts and audio of the communication -- or lack of it -- between air traffic controllers and the pilots of Northwest flight 188, which overshot Minneapolis last month.
What do the tapes tell us that we didn't already know? Nothing, except that the first question controllers had when they re-established contact wasn't "what happened?" It was "how much fuel do you have?" Mercifully, the flight had another two hours of fuel.
The second question was "what happened?" The answer was no different than what we've heard so far -- "cockpit distractions."
The tapes also showed it was pilots of a Northwest Minneapolis-to-Hartford flight that made contact with the wayward pilots2 Comments)