Hah! Turns out that the NYT poll I cited last week is part of a larger trend of doomsday reporting on health care reform.
Check out this too-short analysis of ways that news outlets fail to report on the complexity of poll results.
Topline: 51 percent of respondents oppose the Affordable Care Act.
This is Weird: There’s more to that 51 percent figure than meets the eye. It turns out that only one in three feel the law was “too liberal” (to use CNN’s somewhat slippery language). One in six said they objected to the law because it didn’t go far enough. And get this: A solid 5 percent don’t like the law but can’t explain why (see above, “most Americans just don’t understand the law”). It’s worth noting that support in CNN’s poll has been steadily growing for the last year and now sits at 43 percent.
Hah! It turns out that when people oppose the law, it could for anything: it doesn’t go far enough, it goes too far, it just feels wrong but I can’t tell you why.
As I suspected, poll results about health care reform are far more complex than we are told.
We don’t have a liberal media. We have an overworked media. All that consolidation and cost-cutting. And suddenly the progressives are saying the same thing as the Tea Party. Say what?