Pollsters ask the dumbest questions. By dumb, I mean that certain questions do not reveal anything about a particular issue but only serve to confirm the prevalence of traits of the human animal of which we already knew (and have known for thousands of years). The latest example of this is a poll just released in which people are said to “approve of Obama’s Job’s bill”. Inside this poll we learn the following:
Sixty-four percent of respondents said it is a “good idea” to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations. Thirty-one percent said it was a bad idea. <source>
In an economic recession — a double dip no less — asking people whether the government should shake down the wealthy is the equivalent of a bank robber asking a citizen whether he’d like his own house looted or whether he’d prefer that his wealthier neighbor next door get looted.
“All those in favor of taxing other people more, but not you, step forward”
That many people step forward on this question is not newsworthy.