Excellent article in yesterday’s Las Vegas Sun by Lisa Mascaro. It explores the infuriating Catch-22 between the media, the Congress, the pollsters and the public.
Here’s an excerpt. One wonders what pollster Keeter considers an appropriate level of ‘maturity in the public discourse’ before a topic merits a national poll:
At the offices of the Pew Research Center in Washington, Scott Keeter’s in box gets jammed up every so often with hundreds of e-mails asking him to poll on impeachment.
Pew and other pollsters say they have never seen anything like it – the impeachment movement is pleading for a clear assessment of its numbers.
Keeter said there’s a lively debate in the polling community about whether to ask the question, but Pew has declined. The issue does not appear to be concrete enough, Keeter said, and the organization is loath to query Americans on a topic that hasn’t matured in the public discourse in a way that gives respondents enough information to form opinions.