Public Policy Polling, the firm that consistently asks the quirkiest and most provocative questions, offered in its latest national survey a revealing way to prove that, well, people will lie to make themselves seem more knowledgeable.
PPP tested people’s reaction to the Simpson-Bowles plan to reduce the national deficit. It found that overall, respondents had a positive view of the plan, despite an overwhelming 60 per cent that did not offer an opinion.
To compare, the firm also gau ged the reaction to the so-called “Panetta-Burns plan,” which isn’t a real plan. It’s based on a mythical combination of Leon Panetta, the current Secretary of defence and former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, and Conrad Burns, a former Republican Senator from Montana.
Despite the fact that there is no such thing as the “Panetta-Burns” plan, 25 per cent of respondents offered an opinion on it. Eight per cent said they view it favourably, while 17 per cent said they do not have a favourable opinion of the “plan.”
This has led to a snarky Twitter hashtag, in which users speculate on the mythical proposals in “Panetta-Burns.”
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