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Newsweek Polls


Don’t forget, Jonah, that Newsweek’s poll found a plurality of its respondents (41 percent) against the confirmation of John Ashcroft as attorney general in early 2001. It got that result by asking respondents, “Do you think Congress should approve Bush’s choice of John Ashcroft for Attorney General, or reject Ashcroft as too far to the right on issues like abortion, drugs, and gun control to be an effective Attorney General?” It was a loaded question. Only the charge against Ashcroft was provided. When ABC ran a poll mentioning only that Bush had nominated Ashcroft, it found 54 percent support for his confirmation. A poll is only as good as its wording.