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Some Things Never Really Change

This comes from “The Week” in the February 14, 1986, issue of NR: “No sooner did Ronald Reagan score a 53 per cent approval rating among blacks in a New York Times poll than the Washington Post and ABC set out to correct the record, and then some. Not only did the Post/ABC poll give Reagan a lousy 23 per cent favorable rating, it found that 56 per cent of its respondents called him a “racist.” (Only 36 per cent said the same of Louis Farrakhan.) Well, that’s the sort of result you get when you ask leading questions like, “Do you think of President Reagan as a racist?”

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