"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

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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