It’s tempting and easy to take poll results at face value. I certainly used to for most of my life and even now still have a lazy tendency to do so. However, I’m beginning to discover that you always need to drill down into the poll at issue, either to discover what population got polled (and its not always as representative as you might think), or what the questions were. Today, Confederate Yankee caught an NBC-WSJ poll that phrases questions in such a way as to force an answer. For the uninformed, it would be hard to avoid being steered in the direction the pollster wants; while for the uninformed, it would be almost impossible not to be driven in the preferred pollster direction.