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Everybody Loves the $3.5 Trillion Boondoggle, Says Nancy Pelosi’s Pollster

Posted on | September 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Everybody Loves the $3.5 Trillion Boondoggle, Says Nancy Pelosi’s Pollster

Nancy Pelosi’s massive spending bill is very popular, according to no less an authority on public opinion than . . . Nancy Pelosi:

New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Americans
Support Build Back Better Act

An overwhelming majority of Americans, independents, and even four-in-ten Republicans back President Biden and House Democrats’ plan to cut taxes for the middle class, lower costs for working families, create more jobs, and sustain economic growth for years to come.
New polling from Navigator Research shows high support for the Build Back Better Act with support from:

— 66 percent of Americans
— 61 percent of Independents
— 39 percent of Republicans

Democrats believe we face an urgent choice between keeping an economy that serves the wealthiest and biggest corporations – or finally give middle class families a fair shot. It turns out the American people agree.

Does anyone older than 12 actually believe this? Because it doesn’t take much effort to discover that this poll was published by something called “Navigator Research,” which describes itself thus:

In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

GBAO is a firm founded by four Democratic political operatives, while Global Strategy Group “began as a Democratic polling firm operating predominantly in the New York market.” To put it bluntly, everybody involved in this poll is a partisan hack, and here is the question on which the “overwhelming support” numbers are based:

As you may know, President Biden and Democrats have proposed new legislation to provide paid family and medical leave, establish a universal Pre-K program, expand Medicare coverage for seniors to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage, lower health care costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, provide tax breaks for clean energy, and expand the Child Tax Credit for most families with children. Do you support or oppose this legislation?

In other words, “Do you want the government to give you a bunch of free stuff?” To which everybody answers, “Free stuff? Gimme! Gimme!”

You might get different answers if you asked other questions, such as:

  1. Do you have any fucking clue how much $3.5 trillion is?
  2. Where the hell are we going to get $3.5 trillion to pay for this?
  3. The U.S. national debt is currently $28 trillion. The most recent year the federal government had a balanced budget was 1998. This crazy pile of crap Nancy Pelosi is trying to ram through Congress will permanently bankrupt America. Do you support or oppose this?

Now, some would say that asking such questions might be somewhat biased, but is it any more biased than Nancy Pelosi’s poll asking people if they want a bunch of free stuff from the government, without even mentioning the disastrous fiscal consequences of this legislation?

Read that Pelosi poll question again — it doesn’t even mention the $3.5 trillion price tag. The idea that policy decisions should be made on the basis of such dishonest polling by partisan hacks is insane.



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