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MEDIA BIAS: CBS Slants Bush Poll in Favor of Democrats
Newsbusters ^ | 2-28-2006 | Newsbusters

Posted on 02/28/2006 7:25:36 AM PST by Thanatos

Headsup to Newsbusters for this

CBS Slants Bush Poll in Favor of Democrats

In its classic "fair and balanced" tradition, CBS slanted in favor of Democrats its poll that found Bush has a 34 percent approval rating and a 59 percent disapproval rating, an all-time high for a CBS poll.

On the bottom of the PDF version of the poll (page 18) it says how many Democrats versus Republicans were contacted.

"Total Republicans" contacted: 272 unweighted and 289 weighted.

"Total Democrats" contacted: 409 unweighted and 381 weighted.

"Total Independents" contacted: 337 unweighted and 348 weighted.

Newsbusters picture of slanted CBS Poll


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even after "Weighting" the respondants, there is still a 2 to 1 built-in bias in this "Poll"..

If you only ask the opinion of the enemy, you will only get the enemies point of view.

1 posted on 02/28/2006 7:25:39 AM PST by Thanatos
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To: Thanatos
I'M SHOCKED!
SHOCKED, I TELL YOU!

2 posted on 02/28/2006 7:29:07 AM PST by guitar4jesus (Black Conservative . . . I think, I vote!)
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To: Thanatos

Thanks for posting.

Disgusting, but not surprising.


3 posted on 02/28/2006 7:30:24 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Thanatos

Yeah, but the two to one bias is not reported in MSM. What these polls need to do is use the same sampling as percentages in last Presidential election. And then only with "likely" voters. Cause they are the ones who vote not just tell you how they feel.


4 posted on 02/28/2006 7:31:43 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775 (I)
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To: Thanatos

Rush is right!

These fools will run around quoting their own BS polls, celebrating the numbers then claim foul when the actual election results don't reflect their expectations. Let them continue being deluded.


5 posted on 02/28/2006 7:31:53 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: Thanatos

BUSH CHEERS DECLINE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA, RISE OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS (Drudge Headline)


6 posted on 02/28/2006 7:31:55 AM PST by buffyt (America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. Pres. George Bush)
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To: Thanatos

CBS is even 10% lower than most other MSM skewed polls. I think this has to do with Bush basically referring to the MSM as irrelevant.


7 posted on 02/28/2006 7:32:58 AM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: buffyt
thread link

BUSH CHEERS DECLINE OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA, RISE OF ALTERNATIVE PRESS (Drudge Headline)

8 posted on 02/28/2006 7:33:36 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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To: Thanatos


I think it's pretty understood that CBS stands for a great many things, none of them good, but especially C'ertainly B'iased S'ources.

"CBS" The name no one trusts.


9 posted on 02/28/2006 7:33:40 AM PST by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: Thanatos
Can someone explain the purpose of "weighting" in the first place? Can't one simply take a poll and give the actual results with the sample characteristics in some sort of fine print at the bottom? Why the extra step?
10 posted on 02/28/2006 7:37:08 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Thanatos
Gee..............what a surprise.

But I'll tell you what bugs me. Carl Cameron and the Fox guys will talk about the 'polls' without the caveat that they were weighted.

All it takes for the media to use a poll in a report is to take the poll. It's accuracy is irrelevant.

11 posted on 02/28/2006 7:37:35 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Thanatos

Even if they weighted it better, Bush would still be under 40%.


12 posted on 02/28/2006 7:38:59 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Thanatos

What is "Weighting"?


13 posted on 02/28/2006 7:43:09 AM PST by PaulJ
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To: Thanatos

Polls are custom manufactured news. CBS is expert on making up news as we all know.


15 posted on 02/28/2006 7:55:01 AM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: PaulJ
What is "Weighting"?

A great song by Tom Petty

16 posted on 02/28/2006 7:56:05 AM PST by newfreep
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To: Thanatos

CBS...

Yada, yada, yada...Zzzzzzzzzzzz


17 posted on 02/28/2006 7:58:01 AM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: Thanatos

What's the frequency Kenneth???


18 posted on 02/28/2006 7:58:39 AM PST by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: All
It's funny, over at the DU they are all a buzz about the poll itself but no word about how the poll is skewed.

This is a continuation of the same thing. They whip themselves up in to a frenzy, believing that next election is theirs for sure, only to have the door closed on their face once again.

You just gotta love how they keep repeating the same cycle of failure. It makes me wonder whose side the MSM is really on?
19 posted on 02/28/2006 8:01:12 AM PST by texan75010
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To: Thanatos

shocking !


LOL


Any poll that isn't 55% republican is worthless.



20 posted on 02/28/2006 8:05:11 AM PST by conservative physics
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To: Thanatos

In other news...

A poll taken of delegates to the democratic convention shows Bush's approval numbers at 0% !

*rolls eyes*


21 posted on 02/28/2006 8:06:47 AM PST by conservative physics
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To: Thanatos; All

but nobody reveals this.

Why is this data not front and center on FNC?

CBS must be using census data from 100 years ago. Are there not more registered republicans than demcorats?

I wonder what the same poll would reveal if you did a conservative/liberal/neuter breakdown. (moderate means nothing)


22 posted on 02/28/2006 8:08:28 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen

That really telegraphs something.

GWBush is a volunteer voted by the consent of the voters.

CBS is dying by their inability to simply report the truth. People just left them.

It must REALLY suck to work for CBS.


23 posted on 02/28/2006 8:11:11 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Always Right

I think the weight thing the amount of BS they had to pile up to make it work the way they wanted.


24 posted on 02/28/2006 8:12:46 AM PST by Sensei Ern (Now, IB4Z! http://www.myspace.com/reconcomedy/ "I believe Hillary is the aunti-christ.")
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To: Thanatos
This could really hurt President Bush's reelection chances.

25 posted on 02/28/2006 8:15:01 AM PST by Dilbert56
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To: buffyt

In this Dredge article it says CBS viewers are 70% dem. so, they just aim to please.


26 posted on 02/28/2006 8:26:21 AM PST by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Dilbert56

CBS fears a Ronald Reagan term III scenario. If someone comes up and is a GWBush surrogate then it will essentially be GWBush running for a third term.

As it stands now, my impression is GWBush WOULD be re-elected for a third term with an even wider margin. CBS knows and FEARS this.


27 posted on 02/28/2006 8:27:44 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Thanatos

CBS, FBA.

(fake but accurate)


28 posted on 02/28/2006 8:34:16 AM PST by Graymatter (Not A Good German)
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To: Thanatos

Were the first results of the poll faxed to CBS from a Kinko's in Texas?


29 posted on 02/28/2006 8:36:16 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: Thanatos

I finally learned how to read polls.
I've been SKIPPING to the END of
all polls for the past two years.
With CBS, ABC, or NBC, it's the
fastest way to find out what
they're up to.


30 posted on 02/28/2006 8:37:57 AM PST by Grendel9 (u ()
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To: Bookmaestro

see how the poll was constructed. other tricks include calling on the weekend.


31 posted on 02/28/2006 8:41:12 AM PST by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Thanatos
Cheney had an 18% approval rating, so they are telling me that only half the people who like Bush (likely all Republicans) like Cheney?

I call BS.

32 posted on 02/28/2006 8:50:59 AM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Always Right

but what would happen if they use the 2004 voting breakdown, ahhh the truth is out there but do we want to know it


33 posted on 02/28/2006 8:52:41 AM PST by italianquaker (Democrats and media can't win elections at least they can win their phony polls.)
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To: Thanatos

Rush is talking about it right now


34 posted on 02/28/2006 9:13:41 AM PST by Kaslin ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" President G.W. Bush)
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To: Kaslin

I see Drudge has picked it up too


35 posted on 02/28/2006 9:23:49 AM PST by Thanatos (http://www.LeftWingHate.com "What the Left is all about")
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To: Thanatos

From the same network that brought us phony documents comes a bogus poll. Color me "not surprised".


36 posted on 02/28/2006 10:58:11 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Thanatos
"Bogus but accurate!" - Dan Rather's Toady
37 posted on 02/28/2006 10:59:45 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: guitar4jesus

OK, so we all know that the MSM media is biased. But, my concern has always been, how does the alternative media affect, influence the great unwashed out there that still listens to, reads the MSM, which is still larger than the alternative media? How can we get the message out so that voters will be informed? The point is, the 2006 elections are near and the drumbeat of the MSM is that the Dems will take over Congress. Appearances count and unfortunately the masses still buy the MSM figures, facts, and direction. It is getting better for truth and the Right and the GOP but as W stumbles along on immigration, the ports, this avalanche of bad news piles up. What to do is my point.


38 posted on 02/28/2006 11:21:53 AM PST by phillyfanatic
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To: phillyfanatic
I believe the last 2 Presidential elections prove that the more the MSM tries to manipulate Americans, the more the Republicans win. Events like Jimmah Cahtah sitting with Michael Moooore at the DNC really work in the Republican's favor.
Also, I really don't think any of President Bush's missteps, short of an intern scandal, will affect the next candidate. He always seems to redeem himself either through one of his own master strokes, or divine intervention.

39 posted on 02/28/2006 1:26:20 PM PST by guitar4jesus (Black Conservative . . . I think, I vote!)
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To: Thanatos

LOL! Thats not a poll. It's a DNC "news" release.


40 posted on 02/28/2006 1:29:05 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Always Right
Even if they weighted it better, Bush would still be under 40%.

Exactly! I don't understand how much our fellow FReepers really think that oversampling Dems (by this much) Bush's numbers- it's NOT significant. If you had a mix of 34%R, 34%D, 32%I, then Bush's figures only go up slightly, to 36.82%, which is still pathetic.

Even Rasmussen has Bush at 43.0% 2 days in a row

41 posted on 02/28/2006 1:42:14 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: Thanatos
CBS did NOT "Slant" the poll.

It is a FORGERY!

A term that CBS just loves, n'est ce pas?

Since the poll tacitly purports to represent prevailing opinion, it is fraudulent. And, according to an on line dictionary which defines* a forgery as "Something counterfeit, forged, or fraudulent."

So, the headline in Drudge, on Fox and elsewhere should rightly be... "CBS FORGES another one!"

*second definition.

.

42 posted on 02/28/2006 1:42:22 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Always Right

Polled during a period of FACT-FREE HYSTERIA on more than one issue. AS USUAL, when the facts come out, things begin to change. How many times have we seen this??
Got Memo? Got 22 Indictments?

This is how this works. LIBS MUST LIE, EVEN TO THEMSELVES NOW....
Then they pay for heavily biased polling to SUPPORT the lies, build massive conspiracies around the lies,
and then can't ever figure out what happened when it all comes crashing down around them...

This is becoming sad to watch. I almost pity them, as they march the Democratic Party to it's eventual destruction......


43 posted on 02/28/2006 1:57:48 PM PST by tcrlaf
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To: cvq3842

"Fake but accurate!"


44 posted on 02/28/2006 2:39:30 PM PST by Redleg Duke (Kennedy and Kerry, the two Commissars of the Peoples' Republic of Massachusetts!)
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To: Thanatos

Another Stain on CBS

The failure of this CBS poll to weigh both parties equally just goes to show how incredibly biased this poll really is...

http://lkmp.blogspot.com/2006/02/another-stain-on-cbs.html


45 posted on 03/01/2006 11:14:08 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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