Beware as AZ Republic’s pollsters try their hand at hoodwinking
Two polls from the left-leaning Merrill/Morrison (M/M) Institute and heralded by the daily newspaper, reveal interesting “facts.” The first release found that Arizonans — who have elected only one Democrat for President since 1948 — are evenly divided in their support for Barack Obama (40%) and Mitt Romney (42%). No Opinion Wizards weighed in at 18%. Bruce Merrill calls it a “toss-up.”
Ditto, to whom the respondents would rather have in control of Congress. Republicans came in at 41%, Democrats 40% and once against the No Opinion geniuses registered a 19% chunk.
On this contentious issue the agenda-driven Merrill/Morrison claim strongly support stands at 45%, support 28%, oppose 15%, strongly oppose 7%. The No Opinion Wizards became more certain with only 5% unclear of their views.
For a clue to Merrill/Morrison’s bent, note that SB 1070 is described as “controversial,” the liberal newspaper’s word of choice. Check out the liberal use the term “undocumented immigrants” to describe foreign nationals who are here illegally. We prefer to call them illegal aliens, since actual immigrants come to this country via a legal and very generous process.
David Daugherty, director of research at Morrison Institute had the temerity to say, “These findings largely contradict the common impression that Arizonans are anti-Mexican immigrant.” That “common impression” is promoted daily by Linda Valdez and Daniel Gonzales.
Wrong, Mr. Daugherty. Arizonans just believe illegal lawbreakers should stay home and should not be rewarded. Mexicans who apply for citizenship are welcomed along with those from other nations who respect our laws and national sovereignty.
And who is the Executive Director of this M/M crew? Why none other than Sue Clark-Johnson, who retired as President of the Gannett Newspaper Division. Gannett is the parent company of Arizona’s editorial source masquerading as a disseminator of news. And whadd’ya know? She also served as Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. — better known to our readers as the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic). The M/M Board of Advisors is replete with liberals, lobbyists, RINOs, high-fliers heading “institutes,” Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representatives and Republic employees, past and present. John Zidich, the newspaper’s President and Publisher shows up on the list.
The Morrison Institute actually has the chutzpah to describe itself as “using nonpartisan research and public outreach to help improve the state’s quality of life.”
Believe that and we’ve got a bridge you might be interesting in buying.