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From the latest Bloomberg poll:

The Republican “Pledge to America” is viewed as a good idea by 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 39 percent who term it a bad idea.

Are they seriously trying to tell us that 87% of likely voters have heard of the Pledge to America? Please. Here’s the actual question:

All this poll tells you is that if you vaguely ask people if they’re in favor of cutting taxes and reducing some government spending, about half will vaguely say they are as long as nothing is cut that actually affects them. It’s hard to think of a more meaningless poll question.

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