If anyone is wondering why I gripe about polls and the absence of context for the responses, here’s an example:
In the past few days, there’ve been a couple polls about oil, one asking who to “blame” for high gas prices & one a straight yes/no about offshore drilling. The responses say little on their own, but combined the cognitive dissonance is so thick that, well, see for yourselves…
As the nation struggles to meet its energy needs, a majority of Americans think offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is a good idea, according to according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday.
The poll, which surveyed more than 500 adults by phone in July, found that 69% of respondents support the idea of offshore drilling, while 30% opposed it. In June, 73% were in favor of offshore drilling.
Americans see big oil companies and overseas oil producers as the top culprits responsible for high gas prices, according to a poll released Thursday.
Based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 adult Americans conducted in July, the CNN/Opinion Research poll found that 68% of respondents think U.S. oil companies are a major cause behind high gas prices. (emphasis mine)
Amazing. I would think that if you think the problem is US oil companies, then it would logically follow that you don’t believe it matters whether they can drill offshore or not. Guess not…
Luckily these type of phone polls are gradually becoming anachronisms thanks to VoIP, people with cell phones and no landlines, and Do Not Call lists, because the thought that enough people can seriously hold BOTH of these opinions at once to not just be a blip scares me.