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Setting the Record Straight

Okay, CNN published the below poll which completly misrepresents the results. CNN has come out with an apology and released a more accurate poll but the confusion has only been addressed on their website, not their network. I thought it was only right that I do my small part and post the correction. In honor of ethical journalism, here is the CNN blunder:

Here’s the correction:

March 23, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement


  1. Maybe I missed something, but don’t both polls show the same thing? 62% to 54% to 54%?

    Comment by ÐÇRøçk§ | March 24, 2005 | Reply

  2. yes, but at first second and third glance (on the first poll) it appears that Democrats disproportionatly differ from republicans and independents in their opinion whin in reality they only differ from a few percentage points.

    Imagin that graphic getting flashed on CNN for the split second they actual show them. Also imagine that the graph was animated (the bars slowly move up into their final positions) which gives you even less time to absorb the actual data being presented.

    This poll is for people who think CNN is liberal. Guess again!

    Comment by chris | March 24, 2005 | Reply

  3. I am a certified neo-con, yet I feel that BOTH were honest and accurate, and if you were unable to realize the difference between the results, you probally were not paying that much attention to begin with. No mateer how they show it, the numbers are the same, and THAT is the important part. As long as in both charts, the difference between each percentage point was equal accross the chart, then they are correct. I have no issue with CNN making the original chart to be displayed the way they did, and this comes from a someone that thinks CNN is the CLinton News Network. In all honesty, I preferred the first chart.

    Comment by ÐÇRøçk§ | March 25, 2005 | Reply

  4. Listen, the reason someone invented the graph was to visualy display trends in data. The difference between Dems and Reps is only 7 percentage points (well within the margin of eror) and the first graph does not visualy reflect that statistic.

    Graphs should be such that without the numbers it still acuratly shows what is trying to be conveyed. Otherwise they would just put the percents up on the screen!!

    Comment by chris | March 25, 2005 | Reply

  5. Personal choice. Both charts were 100% accurate. I don’t fault CNN for the inability of people to read a basic bar chart. Blame the liberal school systems that cares more about Johnny feeling good about himself, then actually learning. To me, as someone that can read charts, both charts stated the EXACT SAME THING.

    62% to 54% to 54%

    And considering they are against my parties stance, I find you finding fault with the charts highly amusing.

    Comment by ÐÇRøçk§ | March 25, 2005 | Reply

  6. No, the point of a chart is not simply accuracy. Otherwise they would just put the stat on the screen!!! If you cant get the basic idea of the graph just by looking at the visuals (not the numbers) than there is no point to putting a graph. Its that simple. If the graph that is ment to represent how close the results are shows a relativly huge difference between the three parties it tatly defeats the purpose of the graph!

    Comment by chris | March 25, 2005 | Reply

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