March 8, 2001 6:21 AM   Subscribe

WSJ/NBC conducted a pretty extensive poll about the state of the country ranging from taxes to energy concerns to the Golden Dollar. I got the phone call to participate in the poll on Saturday and the questions were thought provoking and are the results.
posted by Princess Buttercup (5 comments total)
By 66% to 23%, poll respondents overwhelmingly agree that "Congress should pass a tax cut as a way to help stimulate the economy," and by a 2-to-1 margin they agree a tax cut would be "the right prescription" for the economy without reigniting federal deficits.

Wow. This is even higher than I expected. But I guess the fact that Gephardt and Daschle are racing to propose their own huge tax cuts should have been the tip-off.
posted by mikewas at 7:54 AM on March 8, 2001

Sounds like a dodgy poll to me. "Do you agree that Congress should pass a tax cut to help stimulate the economy?" is a shamefully loaded question. (As Britain in the late 80s proved, tax cuts can often stimulate the economy like a cattleprod to the groin.)
posted by holgate at 8:34 AM on March 8, 2001

Second that, Holgate. Here's another gem from the poll:

Which do you think should be a greater priority for the Bush Administration--maintaining economic growth or restoring moral and family values?

It's really a shame that while we were concentrating on this economic growth, our moral and family values (haven't seen that phrase in a while) completely imploded. These and many other "facts" may be found in the Compleat Guide to Horseshit and Other Ways To Avoid Thinking.
posted by Skot at 8:52 AM on March 8, 2001

I never was one to believe that the President should be or is the MORAL leader of our country. Our moral compass should never point towards DC. I just don't think its possible to have a morally correct politian.
posted by Princess Buttercup at 9:45 AM on March 8, 2001

Mr. Burns, your candidacy seems the have the momentum of a runaway train, why are you so popular?
posted by chrismc at 10:22 AM on March 8, 2001

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