Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wisconsin Union Protests - #2684- A Peek Under the Hood of the NYT/CBS Poll on Support of Unions? - Hot Air (2) Breaking: Fleebagger Coalition Falling Apart? - Hot Air (3) Stubborn Fact: Public Employees Paid More Than Private Workers in 41 States - The Blaze

Allahpundit did a great job last night of dissecting the latest NYT/CBS poll based on its results from CBS’ reporting. The survey found that a large majority of their respondents support keeping current collective bargaining rights in the public sector (60/33), and a slightly smaller majority opposed cutting pay or benefits of public employees to close deficits (56/37). However, the New York Times published the actual sample, and it calls into question at least the magnitude of the results. First, the partisan split in the sample gave a ten-point advantage to Democrats. Their sample for this poll had a D/R/I split of 36/26/31, an absurd sample for political polling. In December, Rasmussen’s general-population survey put Republicans ahead, 36.0% to 34.7% for Democrats. A recent poll by Gallup shows erosion in Democratic affiliation all through 2010. In 2008, Barack Obama won the popular vote by seven points nationwide, and the NYT/CBS poll assumes that the electorate has grown more Democratic in 2011. Read more........

Breaking: Fleebagger Coalition Falling Apart -Hot Air ?- Have the fleeing Wisconsin state Senators had enough of life on the lam? Fox Nation reports that “dissension in the ranks” has arisen, thanks to the financial pressure levied by Walker in stopping direct deposit, as well as the difficulties of pregnancy:  Fox Nation has learned exclusively from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are experiencing “dissension in the ranks.” State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and “extremely unhappy” about being on the run. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) has been hit particularly hard by his paycheck being withheld. Wisconsin State Senate leadership is currently negotiating with eight of the fourteen to come home.  Walker has already announced a 5 pm deadline today on sending out layoff notices. Fox hears that a deal may be announced shortly before that will bring enough Democrats back to give the Senate a quorum. Does that mean Walker is prepared to abandon the current bill, or that he will merely ask the Senate to allow amendments to the proposal before a full vote?  Read more..........


Stubborn Fact: Public Employees Paid More Than Private Workers in 41 States -  As pro-union protesters erupt across the country, USA Today just released analysis that may cause a backlash against public unions. The findings? In 41 states, public employees “earn higher average pay and benefits” than private workers in each respective state.The paper reports:  The analysis of government data found that public employees’ compensation has grown faster than the earnings of private workers since 2000. Primary cause: the rising value of benefits.  Read more.......

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