So the Boldies are out polling.
(Because why wouldn’t a non-profit be flush with cash and be polling across the state?)
And the OWH shouted in their headline:
Poll: Only 33% support pipeline
Hmm. Is that what it said?
Here is what Bold’s cheat-sheet from Lake Research Partners said:
There may be an initiative on the Nebraska ballot in November 2012 regarding the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. Let me ask you about that. The proposition would authorize the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to regulate oil pipeline routes, water paths and safety plans. It would grant the Department of Environmental Quality local authority to ensure oil companies are financially liable for oil spills, road repairs and damage done to land or contamination of water supplies. [Split sample language continued: It would also prohibit ANY future pipeline from going through the Sandhills.]
64% of voters say they would vote yes on this proposition to regulate pipelines.
Bold’s poll says 64% say they would be in favor of a ballot initiative that would regulate pipeleine routes, govern liability issues, and wouldn’t allow the route through the Sandhills — though it is less clear what the numbers are on that last part of the question.
Now their summary does go on to talk about “opposition to the pipeline”, and puts that number at 47% — with 33% in favor of the pipeline.
But even those numbers do not indicate
1) how the question was worded, and
2) was the opposition to the pipe through the Sandhills, or against any route?
Not only is that an important distinction in Nebraska (you could say it is THE distinction right now), but you can bet it is an important distinction to those who are laying down at the White House and don’t really care about the Sandhills. (Oh, does that include the Boldies? You decide.)
But wait a minute: the summary also goes on to say, “At the surveys’ conclusion, total support stands at 63%”.
Well…but again, if we are reading this poorly written summary correctly, that is still referring to support for a ballot proposition. Again, NOT for or against the pipeline as a whole or the pipeline route through the Sandhills.
Oh, and how much of these questions were push-polled? Shocking that we wouldn’t get the whole story from the Bolders, right? And that the OWH is just typing up what they are fed, yeah?
(We would point out that the earlier on-line OWH story said that “64% were opposed to the pipeline“. Looks like they caught their mistake.)
But then, this is the same fishwrap that gave us the 2010 Lee Terry vs Tom White numbers as 44% to 39%.
Yeah, that race ended as 61% to 39%.
Well, at least they got it half right, yeah?
The Boldies (for some reason) also polled on the Nebraska Senate race.
(Mind you, these numbers were NOT part of their published summary, so no indication on the questions, or anything else. So there is plenty they aren’t sharing)
Their poll of 604 likely voters say that Ben Nelson has a 46% approval rating.
We dunno. Seems a bit high.
And in the FWIW Dept: We’ve heard rumors — rumors, mind you — of a primary challenge to Ben Nelson. (Duh-duh-duhhhhhhh!) Seems sort of interesting that of all the info the Bold Nebraska could and could not have released, they pick some crappy numbers on Ben Nelson.
And also interesting that they did not give any head-to-head numbers of Nelson vs. one of the GOPers below.
Anywho, the Bold Pollers go on to say the top GOP contenders shake out like this:
Jon Bruning – 29%
Don Stenberg – 12%
Deb Fischer – 8%
But that there a whopping 46% who are unsure who they will support in the primary.
If these numbers are correct (and frankly, who the hell knows), then that means this race is still fairly wide open.
And finally, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle Tweeted the following yesterday:
Tomorrow I will be meeting w@barackobama to discuss the Jobs Act and creating jobs in Omaha. Do you have ideas to share w the President?
We were going to suggest this bitchin’ plan to put the homeless “to work”. You see, on Election Day, you go to the shelters with a pocketful of five dollar bills and a bus…