Wayne Holland And Fuzzy Numbers
Utah Democratic Chairperson Wayne Holland was on today's Midday Metro at KCPW. He said: "You see with the recent polls on approval ratings that Congressman Matheson is 17% above President Bush". He clearly wants the listener to think Congressman Matheson is more popular in Utah than President Bush. He is basing his numbers on a recent Deseret News/KSL poll. In this poll, if you add up the points under "strongly approve" and "somewhat approve" for both Congressman Matheson and President Bush then subtract one from the other, you get 17%. Problem: Congressman Matheson was not polled statewide. There is no poll comparing Utahns' opinion of President Bush to Congressman Matheson. Nor is there a poll comparing President Bush and Congressman Matheson among residents of District 2.