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Thursday, November 14, 2002
 
10:12 PM

Leonard Shapiro writes an odd little story on the Augusta issue. It's slanted a bit to knock down a poll showing most Americans and most women favor the golf club's policy, not an unusual quest for the Post. But this is one strange lede:

Poll Favoring Augusta Is Called 'One-Sided'

No one from Augusta National Golf Club came to Washington yesterday for a news conference to announce the results of a poll the club commissioned to gauge public opinion on its males-only membership restriction.

Uhh...okay.

The story gets into whether the questions on the poll were designed to push respondents into providing the desired answer--push-polling. Shapiro quotes Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company, as saying she would never think of doing such a thing. I've read the poll, the link is here, and you can make up your own mind. I can see why someone would say it's a push-poll. I can also see it being defended as fair. Among other things, it makes sure respondents know that there are women-only institutions as well as mens', something the poll does much better than most media has. In that context people are inclined to say sure, a private club should be able to determine the gender of its membership. I guess if you agree with the result, you call it education; if you don't, you call it a push-poll.

Back to the Martha Burk vending machine. Pop in a quarter, what do you get:

Said Burk, "It's ridiculous on its face that 70 percent of Americans support sex discrimination. It was pre-designed to get a certain result, and the result they've gotten has totally destroyed their credibility."

Three sentiments, one debatable, two dismissed. The first sentence is dishonest--this is a trait that bugs me more every time I read what Burk has to say. Because in Burk's world Augusta's policy is sex discrimination and Smith College's is empowerment or something. Push-polling I've covered. And why does Burk think this poll has "totally destroyed their credibility"? Did she conduct a poll? Hey wait a second, maybe Kellyanne Conway is working both sides of the street.

As for the hed, who is calling the poll one-sided? Well, Martha Burk; a separate pollster that Shapiro tells us is nationally known; and of course Shapiro himself.



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