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IMediaEthics PollCheck Debunks Gallup, Pew Polls' Opposite Conclusions About Auto Industry

Contradictions Created by Pollsters' Use of Forced-Choice Questions

NEW YORK, April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How can two different polling organizations, Gallup and Pew, report opposite results about public support for the U.S. government's efforts to save the auto industry?  Gallup showed a majority of Americans disapproving of the "bailout," while Pew showed an even larger majority believing the opposite – that the "loans" were good for the economy.

iMediaEthics'   PollCheck, the first program launched with a mission to fact check media polls, has conducted its own poll to test what went wrong with the Gallup and Pew polls.

David W. Moore , Ph.D., a veteran Gallup pollster who writes the popular bi-monthly " PollSkeptic Report" for iMediaEthics, a media ethics news website,  reports in the auto industry PollCheck, published this week on, that despite different question wording, the two polling organizations would have come to similar conclusions had they been willing to measure non-opinion, rather than pressuring all respondents to express an opinion, whether they had thought about the issue or not.

The PollCheck was conducted by re-polling the public and using more neutral wording to test Pew's and Gallup's findings. 

Go to the PollCheck report:  PollCheck: New iMediaEthics Poll Challenges Findings of Pew, Gallup on Government Bailout/Loans for Auto Industry and Methodology statement

iMediaEthics is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan media ethics news website that has been holding the media accountable since its launch (then as in 2004. By examining concrete, measurable errors of fact and ethical breaches regularly encountered in the press, iMediaEthics has established itself among the top 20 most-trafficked media watchdog websites, according to Alexa.

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