Lost in Trumpland


A liberal group called the Southern Progress Fund conducted a poll of more than 1,300 people in Arkansas late last month.

The findings on voter attitudes on topical Arkansas legislative issues were influenced–pushed, I’d say–by the phrasing of the questions. That’s a common practice that can be instructive to partisan interest, providing tactically helpful data rather than a snapshot’s accuracy.

But I didn’t write about them.

Now, though, I see from the Arkansas Times blog that the poll also sought basic favorable-unfavorable ratings for assorted state and national politicians and groups. A simple like or dislike reaction from voters based simply on the presentation of a name–that’s a different, credible and relevant number.

It’s even more significant that findings showing the utterly overpowering popularity of Trump and Trumpism in Arkansas would be produced in a poll ordered up…

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