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Only 44.5 percent “oppose the health care law and think it should be repealed,” while 52 percent either support the law as is or have some concerns, but say they think implementation should move forward.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.