Thursday, September 22, 2005

Don't Ask 

Our esteemed colleague Luke Ryland (he'll always be Lurkery to us) at Wot Is It Good 4 saw pollster John Zogby on the Olbermann show June 30, discussing the results of a poll showing that 42% of Americans would favor the impeachment of Mr. Bush "if it is found that [he] did not tell the truth about his reasons for going to war with Iraq." Olbermann wondered aloud when the question would next be asked, and Zogby replied: "We'll test it periodically, probably in a month from now. Again, no one is really talking about it, but it is a good barometric reading."

Almost three months have passed. Oddly enough, Zogby has never mentioned the I-word again. Lukery undertook to find out why, and after a protracted e-mail exchange received the following reply from Chris Conroy of the Zogby organization:
We have decided to not to ask the impeachment question again unless it is raised in Congress. We aim to remain as impartial as possible with our questions. Thank you.
In other words: 42% of the American people believe the President should be impeached if he lied about the reasons for going to war -- and in the aftermath of Katrina, we're willing to bet the current numbers are even higher -- but "impartiality" demands that Zogby keep that inconvenient fact hushed up.

Maybe Zogby should also stay mum on the President's disapproval numbers, which now top 60% on a wide variety of issues. Maybe Zogby should just stop asking any questions that would allow the public to express its unseemly dissatisfaction with Mr. Bush.

The most recent communique from Zogby suggests that the organization would consider asking the impeachment question again -- for a fee. Lukery has asked for an estimate and hopes to be asking for contributions soon. We will certainly keep you posted.

(Link via our stouthearted colleagues at Cursor.)

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