Thursday, March 26, 2015

Framing the Issue

The latest Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll is out and it includes a question about higher ed funding and tuition. Also included in the poll is a regular survey of Gov. Brown's popularity ratings. More than half of "likely voters" view him favorably, even a third of Republicans. Given that circumstance, and the "nudge" of the pollster reminding respondents of their favorable view of Brown, it should not be surprising that when asked about the more-funding-for-UC-if-tuition-frozen proposal of the governor, voters (and the general population) tend to favor it. Note that the question is framed explicitly as a Brown proposal. See below. [Click on image to enlarge]. There could have been questions that were introduced with language something like "if Gov. Brown and UC president Napolitano reached an agreement that said..." and then gave various choices. But there weren't such questions. The full poll is at:

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