Loaded questions

“Senator have you stopped beating your wife, yes or no”

“Well, I,…  No, I have never beaten my wife, who is this?”

News flash: Senator holds press conference stating that years of spousal abuse has finally come to an end.


I have a love/hate relationship with loaded questions.  Hate: They are not only meaningless but insulting to the intelligence.   Love:  These questions are like a sign post declaring the agenda of the person asking the question.  Plus they are fun to read.

Last week my wife got a letter, with a self addressed stamped envelope.  It was entitled 2010 Congressional District Census.  It apparently was commissioned by the Republican Party and is not a U.S. Government document.

The letter is a survey that is broken down into sections including, political profile, general issues, domestic issues, national defense, and finally a census certification and reply.  The last section is intended to solicit monetary contributions, including a statement that alludes to the fact that it takes $15.00 to defray the cost of processing the census document.

The first section is just general questions about demographics.  No surprises, no loaded questions, so far so good just another survey.

The next section is on domestic issues, I am starting to smell something…

#4. Do you believe the huge, costly Democrat-passed stimulus bill has been effective in creating jobs or stimulating Americas economy?  Yes, No, No opinion.

Ok its starting to smell kind of ripe, but on to the next page…

#5.  Do you think the record trillion dollar federal deficit the Democrats are creating with their out-of-control spending is going to have disastrous consequences for our nation?

Yes, No, No opinion.

Yikes.  Stink-o

Do you think it could have been worded a bit differently?  I wonder what the 2010 Congressional District Census that was sent to the Democratic Party members looks like.

#1  Isn’t wonderful how much the Obama administration has accomplished while the ignorant and selfish Republicans lead by the doofus Bush left a legacy of big business welfare that will take us years to fix?  Yes, No, No opinion.

From what I can tell there was no Census sent to the Democratic Party members.  I think they actually know what their constituents want.  Either that or preaching to the choir is a bit alien to their thought process.

Oh and where is my census?  The Libertarian party must be really laying down on the job.

I have a suggestion:

#1.  Do you believe that the bloated, arrogant, dysfunctional federal government has been squandering the wealth of our nation for the last 100 years on boondoggles and general all around wanking with other-peoples-money?  Yes, No, No opinion.

Hey, why not have every question a loaded question.  What about the 2010 (official)  census that is currently underway?  Wouldn’t it be great if it were worded in a similar manor?  

#6.  How many deadbeat relatives are currently mooching off of your paycheck? 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

#7.  Out of that number, how many actually do any chores around the house?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10



5 thoughts on “Loaded questions

  1. S. Le says:

    LOL! Wow! Some nerve, yeah? Where are they getting THEIR money then?

  2. Layman Pong says:

    Vote out the all-around wankers!

  3. Oh man… And this is why I’m Libertarian. I definitely like your survey questions better. Much, much better.


  4. Burrowowl says:

    Technically I think these are known as “push polls” where the purpose is not to gauge your opinion but simply to sneak some sentiment into the public discourse under disguise. It sounds like you got a severely ham-fisted attempt at push polling on your hands there. This is how George W. Bush got the word out that John McCain has an illegitimate black baby during the 2000 primaries.

    As for the actual census, my family got the long form several weeks ago, to which we replied with a piece of paper that says “four people live at [our address].” We later received the less-intrusive short-form normal census questionnaire.

    • This kind of thing is also known as preaching to the choir. Luckily for the census people my wife did our civic duty before I got a chance to deface their form. I was going to just put “See 1040-A form”

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