Do The American People Vastly Support Michael Schiavo?
From Captain Ed this evening:
However, a look at the questionnaire shows that ABC News completely misrepresented Terri's medical condition, which undoubtedly impacted the responses given. Question 2, which asks the central question, claims that Terri is on life support:And is this sort of thing effective?2. Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive. Florida courts have sided with the husband and her feeding tube was removed on Friday.
What’s your opinion on this case - do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube? Do you support/oppose it strongly or somewhat?
Terri has never been on life support. The only medical treatment Terri received for the past five years has been food and water through a feeding tube, which is nothing at all like artificial life support. Artificial life support consists of ventilation for people unable to breathe on their own. The question sets up a strawman argument that so completely contradicts reality that the entire poll must be considered invalid.
Well it is according to the response of another blogger who is intelligent, media-savy, and fiercely independent. From The Moderate Voice this morning:
The question now becomes: "Do we have a Teflon Congress and President?" as a new poll shows Americans overwhelmingly give thumbs down on Congress and the President's stance on getting the federal government involved in the controversy over whether Terri Schiavo's feeding tube should be removed or not.I doubt ABC would let me reword their question, but just out of curiosity I wonder what the results would have been had the question been worded this way:
"2. Schiavo suffered brain damage and as a result is currently disabled. Her husband's selected doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible, yet other medical experts disagree. The judge in charge of the case will not allow those doctors with opposing views to testify.
Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive, yet her husband can produce no evidence regarding Terri's views on such a matter. Additionally, the husband has refused medical tests such as an MRI, which are standard in such situations to more accurately assess her condition. Many experts believe Terri would respond to therapy, but her husband has also refused to allow this.
Terri's parents have offered to take over the care of her, financially and personally. They want to allow further tests to determine her condition, and allow others to attempt therapy to improve her condition.
What’s your opinion on this case - do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube? Do you support/oppose it strongly or somewhat?"
How about it ABC? Care to run the poll with that as question number two and compare the results to the previous one?