Political Correction

Misleading Tweet Alert: Conservatives For Patients Rights Reveals Only Partial Poll Findings

June 03, 2009 3:28 pm ET

On June 3, 2009, Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR) posted a completely misleading tweet.  CPR cited only partial findings from a poll that is over a month old as "proof" that Americans don't want the government involved in health care reform.  However, more recent polling totally contradicts their claim.

CPR: Twittering Away Its Credibility

CPRights: "Today's Daily Dose: Rasmussen Reports Reveals Opposition to Government-Run Health Care http://tinyurl.com/q5wkoy" [Twitter.com/cprights, 6/3/09]

CPR Linked To Its Own Analysis Of The Data

The "tinyurl" links to a CPR web page that includes the following language:

"Rasmussen Reports features an article that includes revealing survey results indicating broad opposition to a government-run health care option in the U.S.  According to the results, only 29 percent of respondents think a government-run option would provide better care and 58 percent oppose a government-controlled option." [CPRights.org, 6/3/09]

CPR Did Not Include All The Rasmussen Information In Its Post

By following two links to finally get to the original Rasmussen Report (issued on April 27th), it turns out the report also revealed:

"Americans are closely divided on whether it's a good idea to establish a government health insurance company to compete with private health insurance companies. Forty-one percent (41%) are in favor of a government-run health insurance plan, while 44% are opposed, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure." [Rasmussen Reports, 4/27/09]

But Why Is CPR Relying On Old Polls?

May 2009: 62% Of Americans Think The Government "Should Guarantee" Health Care For All Americans.  When asked: "Do you think the federal government should guarantee health care for all Americans, or don't you think so?" Americans answered:

[CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 5/14-17/09]

May 2009: 69% Of Americans Favor An Increased Governmental Influence Over Health Care.  When asked: "In general, would you favor or oppose a program that would increase the federal government's influence over the country's health care system in an attempt to lower costs and provide health care coverage to more Americans?" Americans answered:

 [CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, 5/14-17/09]

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