Artur Bagyants looks at recent KS Chamber poll

In this lesson we’ll look at a poll sponsored by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The poll’s objective was to gauge support for the construction of the Holcomb coal plant expansion. Let’s look at a few of the questions:

1. What is the most important issue facing Kansas today?

• Economy, 30 percent
• Jobs/Industry, 18 percent
• Budget, 10 percent
• Moral issues, 5 percent
• Health care/Insurance, 5 percent
• Leadership, 4 percent.

For the sake of argument, let’s accept the notion that the chamber wants the coal plants to be built (crazy, I know). What does this question accomplish? Well, it shows that most respondents care more about the economy than anything else. This fits nicely with the argument that the coal plant expansion will create jobs. But wait a second. Do you see anything significant missing from the list? Perhaps the issue that nearly all Americans rank as the most important by far, on every poll since the beginning of time? Education. These results may have been very different, had it been part of the equation.

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