Poll on support for no-tax pledge said to be biased

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A new poll concludes a majority of Americans think it's a bad idea to sign a no-tax pledge. A noted columnist, however, suggests the poll is biased.

Conservative lobbyist and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover G. Norquist, is best known for promoting the "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," a promise some lawmakers signed as a vow not to vote for a tax increase.

But a new poll from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, claims 77 percent of Republicans surveyed do not support the pledge.

In a recent column, Peter Roff, contributing editor of U.S. News & World Report challenges the objectiveness of the poll. He explains to OneNewsNow his rationale for questioning the method of the poll.


"They worded the question in such a way as to load it, asking about never raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, never raising taxes on corporations," he says. "They didn't ask based on what the language of the pledge was, and so I think were being dishonest."

Roff adds that if the pollsters truly wanted to know if Americans support the pledge, than they should have asked by using the language of the pledge.

"Don't make up something and than publicize it in such a way that it sounds like even Republicans don't support the pledge," he remarks. "There's a huge effort under way to break the Republicans of the no-tax position. The spenders want the money. Nobody should be under any illusions. This is about getting money to spend."

Roff concludes the biased poll makes Quinnipiac partisan -- and that the university should admit its error.

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