"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Changing the words

There’s plenty of food for thought in last week’s Washington Poll, from the outright political (the Murray-Rossi race was polled, and it was found to be close) to much else.

But some of the most interesting stuff in it was relatively subtle.

In his column today, Peter Callaghan points some of it out. A couple of years ago the descriptor “GOP” polled better than “Republican” (though they mean the same thing). This year, there’s some reversal, but mainly just among Republicans; independents still like “GOP” better.

Then there’s this: On “The immigration law in Arizona which requires police to question people they suspect are illegal immigrants,” there’s a 52% to 42% approval. But on “State and local police should have the right to profile or stop someone on account of race or ethnicity,” approval drops to 15% and disapproval rises to 82%.

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