The wingnuts who run the blog Powerline think they’ve debunked the CBS/NYT poll showing overwhelming super-majority support for the public option.
They cite the “who did you vote for?” question that shows a larger percentage of respondents claiming to have voted for President Obama than he actually won in November. Of course this reflects a common phenomenon of people saying they voted for the winning candidate even if they didn’t.
In other words, Powerline is full of shit. But that didn’t keep Big John Cornyn from referencing Powerline’s hackery on Andrea Mitchell today.
But, as ThinkProgress points out, if Powerline had looked deeper at the poll results, they’d see that the NY Times polled more conservatives than liberals.
If Powerline wanted a more reliable indicator of who was in the NYT/CBS sample, they could have looked at the proportion of respondents that identified themselves as liberal (27 percent) and compared that to the proportion that identified themselves as conservative (29 percent).