ABC News/Washington Post poll did not pose questions correctly.


Here is what ABC/Washington Post say:

Only 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works,” down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are “uncertain” about the system.

I say that Americans are not pessimistic or even uncertain about our “system of government”. Most Americans still believe in our Constitution and in a free market Republic. People are pessimistic about our elected officials.  It isn’t the “system of government” that has failed. The failure has been on the part of unscrupulous career politicians and we have failed to teach our youth the importance of being a part of a truly informed electorate.

The poll that was taken was probably not phrased to measure or distinguish between Americans who are pessimistic about our system of government or Americans who are pessimistic about our present condition. There is a big difference and the latter is due to the fact that we have not carefully guarded that system.

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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3 Responses to ABC News/Washington Post poll did not pose questions correctly.

  1. Kudos on a well thought out critique.
    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

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  2. paolosilv says:

    “People are pessimistic about our elected officials.”
    Yes, that’s true about Obama’s administration and other party members.

    I don’t think we’re still run acc. to the US Constitution, because the Civil Rights Acts of the LBJ era helped to create bigger gov’t. than the Founding Fathers intended. Those Acts were twisted to give gov’t an incredible amt of intrusion into personal and business affairs.

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    • jlue says:

      I agree! I need a link to the post you mentioned earlier. I don’t think I have found the correct post.

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