Heritage Foundation’s push poll drastically backfires.

Definition of a push poll:

A push poll is an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll.

An example would be if I were to randomly call a bunch of people disguising myself as a pollster and ask questions like: “Do you think it’s morally justifiable worshiping a god, like the Christian god, who brutally murdered every human being alive by the maximally painful method of drowning even though his power allowed for far more mercy?”  The point isn’t to gauge answers, it’s to influence people’s thinking.

The extremely conservative Heritage Foundation just ran such a poll about de-funding Obamacare.  It included questions like “Do you think Congress should halt funding for the health care law before provisions take effect, to make sure they do not do more harm than good?”  They ran this poll in ten congressional districts that are all overtly Republican and did not adjust for oversampling Republicans.  This is doubly problematic since nationwide more people identify as Democrat than Republican.  Even with massively oversampling Republicans and asking dishonest questions, behold the result of even the this heavily skewed poll:

Only 44.5 percent “oppose the health care law and think it should be repealed,” while 52 percent either support the law as is or have some concerns, but say they think implementation should move forward. And asked whom they would blame if “there was an impasse between president Obama and Congress on whether to continue to fund the health care law, and that impasse resulted in a partial government shutdown,” the top response (28 percent) was Republicans in Congress. The next option, Obama, got 21 percent of respondents.

Awkward.  The actual numbers are certainly even more favorable of the Affordable Care Act and more put out by the efforts of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio to shut the government down if the measure is not de-funded.  Ouch.

And speaking of the House Republicans who have tried over 40 times to repeal Obamacare and failed with each attempt who are now threatening to shut down the government after playing by the rules failed, go for it.  Tell every soldier you claim to respect that they’re not getting paid until you’re ready to stop using them as political hostages.  Go apeshit.  Elections are coming up, which means this is just an empty threat from you all.

We should be glad the threat of elections looms, because their consciences certainly weren’t enough to keep them from shooting America in the foot.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    After all, it worked so well for Newt Gingrich last time around. Back when the Republicans were pushing what amounts to the ACA.

  • EvolutionKills

    Oh the irony! Once again we have proof that Congress really doesn’t care what we want or need, they’re more interested in getting their ideological rocks off…

  • unbound55

    One of the few times in the last 5 years that I bothered talking to an unknown caller ended up being a push poll. The questions started innocently enough, but the last 5 or so were pushing ideology. I said as much, and the guy at the other end at least had the decency to laugh about it rather than trying to deny it.

    Sounds like the Heritage Foundation needs better push poll writers…

  • Abram Larson

    It’s weird when I have to agree with Republicans because the Democrats are pushing pro-corporate policy. The R’s are only opposing it because it comes from Obama, but even a broken clock is right twice a day as the saying goes. The ACA is being sold as health care reform when it is actually health insurance reform. Don’t get me wrong, some of the provisions are good like allowing kids to stay on their parent’s plans longer, allowing people with pre-existing conditions to sign up and expanding (in the states that allow it) medicaid to help cover some of the costs. But the biggest piece – the individual mandate – is just a huge government sponsored handout to private insurance companies.

    For the poor, who couldn’t afford insurance before, this will have almost no impact. If you couldn’t afford to go to the doctor previously, you still won’t be able to. It doesn’t matter if your hospital bill is now $2,000 instead of $20,000 if you don’t have $2,000. I might as well be $1 million as far as your ability to pay it back is concerned. The majority (over 2/3 by some research) of medical bankruptcy filings are from people who had insurance. The ACA will do nothing to help these people. The real problem is with healthcare costs, not health insurance and the most effective way of reducing cost would be to go to single payer, Medicare for all.

    • CottonBlimp

      What the ACA accomplishes, really, is making things a lot easier for the lower-middle class on the backs of the part-time workers and the unemployed. I guess it’s better than the Republican platform of helping the upper class on the backs of everyone else, but yeah, it was really upsetting to see the Democratic president work so hard to kill single payer.

  • Hitch’s Apprentice

    Yeah, I had a little Christianity in me…… but I took a good dump this morning, and I flushed it!!!!

    • Artor

      Do you have a friend in cheese-shits?