This was the question and the options:
What do you think of the Wisconsin dispute over union rights for public
The governor's trying to bust the unions and it's about time.
The Democrats should hold out until a reasonable compromise is reached.
Here's the first note from the reader, who pointed out that 834 people (28.29 percent) chose option 1, and 2,114 people (71.71 percent) chose option 2.
What kind of foolish poll statements are these? You guys can't be serious.
I guess it's clearer and clearer why I don't get much of my news from the
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Here's my response...I happened to write that survey question, by the way:
Hi -- thanks for the note. Why do you think that poll question was out of bounds? The options were colorfully phrased, but they represented the two common viewpoints on that issue, I believe.
Best wishes, etc.
Read the statements. The Governor has asked for union concessions which include removing collective bargaining for benefits, but he has kept collective bargaining for wages. That is not busting at all. He's looking to balance the budget.
Your comment: "...and it's about time."? What the heck is that?
Your statement that the union only wants a "reasonable compromise" paints the debate as though one side is being reasonable and the other is not.
This is a foolish poll and you should be a shamed for running it.
You should fuel the debate... Not the fire.
I guess we disagree. Yours is the only comment I've had on it, and I guess nearly 3,000 people chose to play ball. The goal was to make the responses a bit more engaging than simply yes or no, but I do think they reflected the two perspectives -- either the governor's doing the right thing (and most people would say he'd dramatically reduce the unions' rights and effectiveness) or the Democrats are right to be hiding in Illinois.
Thanks for the feedback.
And the last riposte:
Then that should be your poll question:
The WI Governor's doing the right thing.
The WI Democrats are doing the right thing.
It appears we do disagree. You express your opinion to your readers through your poll. I call you on it. 3000 played ball. I know of several who read it and said, "I don't play that game."
What's your take? Seems to me that both answers gave people clear options -- they weren't flip sides of the same coin. And I really don't think the reader would have taken me to task if the results had turned out differently (or been "skewed" differently).
But it's certainly easier to write boring, straight up-and-down survey questions. Since it's not any kind of scientific survey or poll, we try to have some fun with it.