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Question placement
is important in an extended live poll, as I'm sure you know, where the question comes in the sequence, is it just another way of phrasing an earlier question ("ask 3 times in a different way finally to get what the respondent really thinks, or 'the truth'"). After establishing bona fides with clearly phrased neutral questions, setting up a series of cleverly worded have-you-stopped-beating-your-wife yes/no questions, a pattern emerges tricking respondents into continuing the "yes" or "no" pattern when normally he/she might switch back and forth---- and so on.  

But what interests me is the question that interested you, on what you thought of a candidate changing state ethics laws to do politicking while he was a State Senator.  Hmmm, are Republicans telegraphing a smear campaign in the offing (it doesn't have to be based on facts, it can be a distorted innuendo).  Were there any questions about deficits, budget shortfalls, or anything linking Virginia with the national economic meltdown and Obama's national efforts, or the stimulus package, unemployment, drill baby drill, and so on? Can you even recall all that with your 3-year old daughter nipping at your heels? (All I had to do was answer the phone or go to the bathroom to send my long-ago 3-year old into a frenzy of wanting attention; it can be a little distracting, so I doubly appreciate your report).  

LOTS of questions on those topics, Teddy......
Yes there were questions on stimulus monies, unemployment benefits, budget shortfalls, transportation, etc.  The major contemporary policy issues in Virginia news were queried, often in "do you agree more with the 1st statement or 2nd statement" format, with both statements presented in a favorable light.

Regarding the big "ethics" question that interested me, yes, in fact, I'm convinced they're testing a potential smear campaign, which is why I took notice of it.  It's not something that's been in the news that I can recall, and I follow politics pretty the least it wasn't raised at all in the primary campaign.  That's why I have a hard time later remembering the details well enough to explain the framing cogently here.

I note that there was not any question that named Obama, either tying him to any policy issue in the news or asking more directly about his job performance.  I didn't think about that until just now, but it's interesting that they didn't test Obama at all.  And that tells me they're convinced Obama, at least for now, is clearly an asset for Creigh.

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......and I think I found the "ethics" issue......
See link below or copy-&-paste it, this looks vaguely familiar with the rambling poll question I barely could understand.

Ethics rule change that would benefit Creigh

It's an old issue from early 2007.

If you Google it you can find more stuff on this issue, the resolution of which I haven't looked up.

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The ethics rule change
gambit looks like a possible smear that can be worked, especially by the Rovians, who know so much about ethics, having little themselves. Meow.

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