10/28/2009

Zogby Poll on some recent positions of the Obama administration

The most disappointing thing to me here is that the percentage gaps are bigger than they are.

1. The Obama administration recently declared that the White House would treat the Fox News Channel as an 'opponent,' and declared that Fox News is not a 'legitimate news organization.' Do you agree or disagree that this is an attempt by the Obama administration to silence dissent?
Support 53 percent
Oppose 40 percent

2. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently condemned the health insurance industry for releasing an unflattering analysis on the Obama administration's proposal to create a government-run 'public option' health insurance plan. Pelosi also threatened to revoke the industry's anti-trust exemption which has been in place since 1945. Do you agree or disagree that Pelosi is using the power of congress to try to limit the free speech of private corporations?
Support 53 percent
Oppose 39 percent

3. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a 'Hate Crimes' bill that would make assault based on sexual orientation or perceived gender identity a felony. As it is currently the written, the bill would also allow the prosecution of people whose speech allegedly influences others to commit hate crimes. Some experts believe this could lead to serious infringements on free speech, as well as the prosecution of religious preachers, talk show hosts or political activists who speak against homosexuality or transsexuals. Others say the bill is an effort to try and stop people from committing such crimes in the future. Do you agree or disagree with the Hate Crimes bill?
Support 38 percent
Oppose 47 percent

4. Federal Communications Commission Chief Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd wants the FCC to force good white people in positions of power in the broadcast industry to step down to make room for more African-Americans and gays to fill those positions. Do you agree or disagree that this presents a threat to free speech?
Support 51 percent
Oppose 31 percent

5. The Obama administration recently supported and helped pass a United Nations resolution that suggests nations exclude certain criticisms of religion from free speech protection. Do you support or oppose an international law that protects religions from criticism?
Support 21 percent
Oppose 59 percent

6. Recently, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn revealed that during the presidential campaign, President Obama's strategy was to limit his actual exposure to the press by only communicating through pre-taped videos and press releases. According to Dunn, 'Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control.' Do you think the Obama campaign's strategy is good or bad for free speech?
Support 20 percent
Oppose 52 percent

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1 Comments:

Blogger Braxton Hicks said...

Hate crimes legislation is particularly troubling.

Let's say somebody is murdered. Does it or should it matter that they were spurred to murder by "hate"? The crime is still murder. This hate crime legislation just complicates the process of holding criminal proceedings and ultimately determining guilt or innocence.

10/29/2009 11:34 AM  

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