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Political party polls insulting to those they are sent to

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By Ned Cantwell

Major political parties send out questionnaires to get a handle on how their members feel about certain issues.They are rigged, of course, the questions phrased in such a way as to invite only one response.Here’s an actual question from a list recently sent to Republican Party members:• Do you support the election of Republican candidates across the country and the rebuilding of our majorities over the next 10 years?Yes. No. Undecided.(Shoot no. Let’s all of us Republicans get behind Ralph Nader.)It is worrisome the party hierarchy considers the rank and file so dumb they can’t recognize a set up that ends with this question: Will you join the Republican National Committee by making a contribution today?Yes. (I thought you’d never ask!) No. (Reckon I’ll send my money to Hillary.)Democrats are no better.Major political parties and most of their marquee elected celebrities are shameless, intent only on amassing power and wealth.However, this technique of asking loaded questions in order to build support for projects or policies could catch on.Here are some we might see coming down the pike in New Mexico.From the office of Governor Bill Richardson: Do you think it would be good for the state of New Mexico to adopt a health insurance program that would guarantee all citizens needed medical care and would ultimately save thousands of lives?Yes.