Letter: Polls aren't the whole story

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 30, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    What NRA registration are you talking about?

  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    "Where is the inevitable registration?"

    Funny thing is... the NRA has one.

  • nonceleb Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2014 1:30 p.m.

    Studies show that background checks are just a scheme for universal registration? What studies? We have had background checks for retail sales since 1968. That is 46 years ago. Where is the inevitable registration? Conspiratorial nonsense! I can understand questioning issues where only a small majority polled support or oppose it. But 90%? That is nothing to dismiss out of hand. That is the percentage of Americans who want universal background checks.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    April 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    @liberal larry

    "...Many Americans vote like conservatives, but live like liberals....".


  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:43 a.m.

    The first thing I learned when working with a professional statistician on a project requiring complex calculations to generate statistics (for the healthcare industry) was... that polls and statistics can be used to prove or disprove ANY argument you want... it all just depends on how you present them, and how you interpret them.

    The same goes in politics.

    That's why I tend to NOT approve of Presidents and administrations that seem to govern by polls, study groups, and statistics.

    President Clinton was the worst at this (though in the end he was a good President). But I always hated the way he seemed to govern based on polls and study group results his party-strategists presented to him.

    I guess they all do it... he was just to a new extreme for me.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 30, 2014 10:06 a.m.

    The words 'polls show' or 'recent studies indicate' are in themselves enough to make me never listen to john tesh radio. Studies and polls can indicate anything you want.

  • SCfan clearfield, UT
    April 30, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Funny that some Democrats are trying to marginalize polls now that they are going against Obama and the party for the upcoming election. By the way. One can't compare Congress as a whole with the President. When people are asked about the President, everyone knows who they are talking about. One Man. When asked to evaluate Congress, everyone is thinking about a variety of people. If I think Harry Reid, or Nancy Pelosi when talking of Congress, I think it is horrible. If I'm thinking Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, I'm thinking pretty good Congress.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    April 30, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    It is amazing that people consistently vote against their own self interests!

    We want clean air, but we hate the EPA. We fear socialism, but thank heaven cranky old Aunt Gladys has social security. We bemoan the decline of the middle class, yet we cheer when Reagan goes on a union busting spree. We get outraged when we see a food stamp recipient buy ice cream, but have no problem with voting for a politician who votes to give billions of dollars of farm subsidies to the sugar industry.

    Many Americans vote like conservatives, but live like liberals.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    April 30, 2014 7:28 a.m.


    Studies also show that background checks are unwanted schemes for universal registration, that women largely do receive equal compensation (although not universally), that forcing employers to provide birth control isn’t really lawful or morally justifiable, and that requiring reasonable conditions for legitimizing illegal immigrants would produce better citizens, not just a partisan voting block.



    What "studies"?
    Site your sources.

    Meanwhile, let me guess...

    The Heritage Foundation
    The Eagle's Forum

    BTW -- Speaking of "polls",
    You might want to take a look at how the GOP views itself --
    their own "internal" polls show the GOP loosing more and more elections by a growing margins of Hispanics, Women, Young people, and the rest of America's voters.

    Because America is not the all White, Hetreosexual, Christian, Males that the GOP wishes it was.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 30, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    The ole saying; you find what your looking for applies to every one. History is written by the winners.