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
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.