Wednesday morning on the Fox News show “Fox & Friends”, the host, Brian Kilmeade, released some amazing poll information to his viewing audience. During a discussion with his guest, Robert Zimmerman, a Pro-Union supporter, he posed the question of whether Zimmerman feels that Obama is taking a large risk by supporting the protesters in Wisconsin.
After Zimmerman responded that Obama was speaking for “mainstream” America, Kilmeade rebutted with poll results showing that Americans “Favor” taking away Collective Bargaining Rights from state government workers 61% to the “Opposing” 33% with 6% undecided.
With Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) war on Labor Unions, Fox News must have felt this was a notch in the belt of the Republican agenda; the problem is the results that the Fox News host displayed were false.
The results he quoted were said to be from the USA Today Gallup Poll released Tuesday, and Kilmeade is quoted as saying, “I think Gallup, a relatively mainstream poll, has a differing view…”
He was correct; Gallup Poll is a fairly mainstream poll. The problem is the results were reversed and the view was not differing. The actual poll results showed that nearly two thirds of Americans oppose similar laws in their state and only one third of Americans would support Gov. Walker’s laws in their state.
In the final minute of the Fox show Kilmeade announced that he had erroneously used the wrong numbers and admitted to the reversal. However, was it too little too late for Fox News followers? There’s speculation that the damage may have already been done.
From the Editor:
- How do you feel about them misrepresenting the numbers?
- Do you think they did it on purpose?
- What are your views on Collective Barganing?
Tell us what you think!