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"Country First 2013 Issues Survey"

I received an email from Sen. John McCain asking for donations, of course, but also asking that I take the time to fill out a survey.

I'm not really good on methodology, I think all I know I picked up here and ... well here, so I can not say with any surety that the questions as they are used in the survey suck - and yet I will.

The questions are below the fold. I strongly urge you to take the time to fill out the survey because Sen McCain says:

"I am not in Washington for myself - I am here to serve the great people of Arizona and our nation."
(emphasis mine)
As we, for the most part, tend to be a part of the nation that he serves we should represent ourselves in his survey so that he can get a more accurate, maybe closer to 'fair and balanced' survey results than he might if we did not participate.

As Richard Dawson said "Survey says" ... below the fold.

First Name:         Last Name:    
Address:             Address 2:    
City:                  State:    
Zip Code:           Email Address:    

1. In general do you think our nation is headed in the right direction?


2. Do you approve of the job Congress and the President did in 2012?


3. Do you believe President Obama has been effective in leading our nation?


4. National security is key to keeping our nation safe. Does news of national security leaks trouble you?


5. Which of the following will help our nation overcome the economic crisis?

    Allowing the Obama Administration to continue to enact their economic policies
    Reducing taxes and the size of our government
    Supporting legislation that will create more American jobs and stimulate the economy
    Creating affordable energy options

6. The federal deficit has grown to over $16 trillion and continues to grow. Who do you believe is most responsible for the expanding deficit?

    President Obama
    Congressional Republicans
    Congressional Democrats
    No Opinion

7. How would you describe your political ideology?

    Conservative Republican
    Moderate Republican
    Independent Voter who leans Republican
    Tea Party Member

8. What is the number one source you receive most of your political news and information from?

    Cable News
    Network News

9. What do you think is the most important issue Republicans should focus on in the 113th Congress?

    Reducing the federal deficit
    Gun Control
    Job Creation
    The War on Terror
    Securing our borders against illegal immigration
    Repealing ObamaCare
    Reforming our educational system
    Reforming the tax code
    Energy Exploration

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    hannah, LNK, Aunt Pat

    You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

    by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 11:45:28 AM PST

  •  My favorite misleading Q is #2 (2+ / 0-)
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    zooecium, Aunt Pat

    'Do you approve of the job Congress AND the President did in 2012?'. Which instead of separating the two completely unconnected institutions, totally makes equal the horrendously sucky and universally disapproved job literally everyone feels about Congress, with the decent job people feel Obama did, so that after pretty much everyone votes NO, he can selectively use the answer to say 'see? People hate the job Obama is doing!!'.

    Effing despicable ahole.

    Bqhatevwr, dude. Srsly. Bqhatevwr.

    by Fordmandalay on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:42:52 PM PST

  •  #7 is my favorite (1+ / 0-)
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    Fifty shades of Republican to choose from, and everyone else must be either "Liberal" or "Other" at the bottom of the food chain. And if you style yourself as an Independent, it must be because you "Lean Republican."

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - President John F. Kennedy

    by laurel g 15942 on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:56:54 PM PST

    •  If you're not at least leaning right (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      you are way to liberal to be answering this poll ... please be so kind as to self identify!

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:19:05 PM PST

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  •  Bit of help-- (2+ / 0-)
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    zooecium, Aunt Pat

    1.Nations are not supposed to go anywhere. One hopes ours stays put.
    2.The Congress stank; the President did good.
    3.The executive is selected to execute the laws and manage our assets. "Leader" is what North Korea has.
    4.National security means the same as nation safe. If the nation stays put, it will probably be safe. Faucets leak and that's bothersome, but fairly easy to fix.
    5.I don't expect the nation to do anything. The economic crisis is the result of Congress rationing the money it sends to the states.
    6.There is no deficit. When people deposit dollars with the Treasury for safe-keeping, that's neither a loan nor a deficit. It's a deposit. Why the Treasury pays depositors a premium is a puzzlement.
    8.All of the above.
    9.Managing our public assets, including the currency.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 12:57:47 PM PST

    •  So many thoughts similar to my own (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      but presented so coherently ... Thank you!

      I love your #3 best

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:16:23 PM PST

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  •  Please make a calendar note to follow up (2+ / 0-)
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    zooecium, Aunt Pat

    and ask Sen. McCain about the results of his opinion poll.......and what he thinks of the results, as well as what steps he is going to take based on the results.

    •  Ok, how long before I ask? (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      I am not sure how long the pollster will take responses and then how long it will take to compile and then 'interpret' the results.

      What would you suggest?

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:53:53 PM PST

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  •  If only I had a birdseye view when these opinion (3+ / 0-)
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    zooecium, Aunt Pat, zett

    polls returned to Senator McCain's office.

    My first impression is that they are scanned for any donations, finding none, they are then discarded. If a donation is enclosed, the name and address of the donor is carefully noted for future solicitations and then these donor names are shared to other Republicans in order to "share the wealth".  

    The questions asked are simply the bait for donations and serve no other purpose.

    •  I agree with you (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      Money money money

      Like McCain would ever actually ever listen to responses from his constituents.

      At least not the cranky post 2008 McCain

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 01:57:25 PM PST

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  •  How come Daily Show isn't on the list of news (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, zooecium

    sources.  after all they are the most reliable news show going now.  I think is ironic when I go to a comedy show to get my news and a news network (FOX) to get my comedy.

  •  I had a delightful time in 2008 (1+ / 0-)
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    filling out these surveys. Somehow I got on McCain's mailing list despite being a life-long Democratic of the progressive persuasion.
    Even though I always answered the questions the way a progressive Democratic might be expected to, I continued to receive questionnaires throughout the 2008 presidential campaign.
    In the section asking for money I once wrote: "I will not donate as long as you continue to spend obscene amounts of hard-earned contributor money on clothes for Sarah Palin and her family. Never, never!"--and they still sent me questionnaires!
    I think there must be a progressive plant in McCain's staff--otherwise how would we have gotten on the mailing list?
    As I say, it was wonderful fun and very therapeutic. I really enjoyed thinking about how I might have skewed their results and maybe even caused some head-scratching about how to proceed with the message.
    So I say, please, don't hold yourself back. Fill it out, send it in.
    Just don't include a check.

    •  Sheesh--"Democrat"(not "Democratic") (0+ / 0-)

      I really shouldn't compose late at night after a couple of glasses of wine.

    •  like you (0+ / 0-)

      I found myself on the republican mailing list without having ever donated. I think I found out how it came to be: I started out long ago using The Source (Reader's Digest, became the major share holder with the founder breaking off to start CVC which evolved into AOL), and compuserve and which was eventually bought by AOL. Having dropped AOL at every turn it is my belief that the initial contracts with originating companies or the early contracts with AOL were not very tight on privacy and my id, which hasnt changed in ... forever, was sold = how I got onto the Republican mailing lists.

      Maybe not true but it was the only thing I could think of that made any sense at all with the exception of mass spamming that got a hit ... that was me.

      I also get a kick out of filling these things out too. I also like to keep up with what they tell their mailing list ... easier and less vomit inducing than visiting FReepLand.

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 07:50:04 AM PST

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  •  Well, the bit about "serve" all of us reminds me (1+ / 0-)
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    of the science fiction program years ago.  The aliens showed their good faith by sharing their most sacred book:  "To Serve Man."  Which, of course, turned out to be a cook book!  Not that McCain is an far as I know, anyway....

    •  Twilight zone: To Serve Man 1962 (1+ / 0-)
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      Rod Serling. Season 3 episode 24.

      If you google it and look at images you might just see some resemblance

      just sayin' .....

      You can safely assume you have created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott

      by zooecium on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:02:18 PM PST

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