Misleading Polls

A high percentage of questions posed by polling organizations are misleading, irresponsible, and produce false impressions. For example, reported on yesterday: “Is Biden too old to be an effective president?” “Is Trump too old to be an effective president?” (More people think Biden is too old to be an effective president than think Trump is too old to be an effective president.)

Being “effective” sounds like a good thing. The question assumes wrongly that Trump would do good things. It impliedly asks, “How much good could he do, given his age?” This make no sense, because the more effective Trump is, the more damage he will cause, the more effective he will be at destroying American democracy, and the more effective he will be at generating chaos and misery. This polling question has the effect of nudging people in the direction of wrong-headed thinking.