A new Rasmussen poll on the flight 253 terror suspect has hit new lows for exploitation of people’s fears for personal gain and appealing to a mob mentality.
As has been pointed out here many times before, Rasmussen has proved to be not only the most unreliable of all public opinion polls, but, based on their questions and how they are posed, easily the most intellectually dishonest and as such are completely worthless.
But now Rasmussen has hit a new low in a pandering, sleazy poll that has no value to anyone or anything except maybe to them in order to get Rasmussen some cheap attention.
Their recent foray into the political gutter has them taking a poll ( you can almost imagine the village idiot who came up with this idea being congratulated in Rasmussen offices), asking if the Flight 253 bomber should be waterboarded.
Gee, what a great idea for a poll. Especially since as everyone knows, every American is an expert on interrogation techniques, so who better to ask? Whose opinion could possibly matter more?
The results of the poll showed 58% said, “hell yeah,” to waterboarding the suspect. But according to law enforcement, the Nigerian suspect has been cooperating and telling interrogators everything they want to know and has been for days. But that didnt stop Rasmussen from polling the question.
Like most Rasmussen polls, the very nature of their question is designed, not to learn anything of value, but to either influence public opinion among the brain dead, or just to get their name on the cable news shows and draw attention to themselves. They dont really want to know anything, they just want something to talk about.
So why did they take such a poll? First, as is obvious to anyone,none of the people polled has a clue as to what an effective interrogation technique is or isn’t and wouldn’t know one if it fell out of a tree and hit them in the head. That of course doesn’t stop them from answering. Or Rasmussen from asking.
Secondly, the chief anti-terrorist interrogator for the FBI has stated publicly in a rebuttal to Dick Cheney a year ago, that waterboarding doesn’t result in obtaining any kind of valuable information. This is the FBI interrogatgor who essentially called Cheney a liar about the information obtained from waterboarding Khalid Sheik Mohammad.
And third, the very nature of the question is designed to appeal to the lynch mob mentality. Its already been established that waterboarding is torture, its been established that the Nigerian suspect is cooperating, so basically the Rasmussen poll is asking people if the Nigerian suspect should be tortured for the fun of it. That is the essence of Rasmussen’s polling question.
Rasmussen’s sole purpoose in doing this poll and asking the question if the Nigerian suspect should be waterboarded is to exploit and capitalize on the bombing attempt and its newsworthiness and to exploit people’s fear solely for their own gain in an attempt to get some cheap attention from media outlets. The question is worthless and so are the results.
I have a suggestion for the next Rasmussen poll: Let them ask if the people who create Rasmussen polls should be waterboarded. The results would be very interesting.