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Post by T on Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:43 am

Crowley cites poll to show "fertile political ground" for tea parties, but ignores Gallup's conclusion

Summary: Candy Crowley claimed that Republicans may find "fertile political ground" on the issue of taxes, citing a Gallup poll on taxes as evidence. However, Gallup said of the results of that poll: "Gallup finds Americans' views of their federal income taxes about as positive as at any point in the last 60 years."


In a report on the April 16 edition of CNN Newsroom on the previous day's tea party protests, CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley claimed that taxes "could be just the sort of issue the GOP can wrap itself around to rebuild a party in tatters. And perhaps there is fertile political ground here." As evidence that there may be "fertile political ground" on the taxes issue, Crowley stated: "According to the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, more than 60 percent of Americans do approve of the way the president is handling taxes. But a recent Gallup poll found that 46 percent of Americans still think taxes are too high; 48 percent think they're just about right. Though on Tax Day, those numbers may be a little different." But in citing the "46 percent" result as evidence of Americans' current dissatisfaction with taxes, Crowley did not note that in its report on the poll, Gallup said: "Gallup finds Americans' views of their federal income taxes about as positive as at any point in the last 60 years."

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