What kind of fucking poll is this?
Who wrote that question?! Obviously, the results are going to be null. To begin with, it’s an opinion of an opinion. Secondly, it’s an opinion provided for the subject about a previous opinion provided for the subject.
At the very worst, this poll can be translated as this:
“The media wants you to believe that these two groups are not the same. Now the media wants you to believe that these two groups are not as different as we previously told you to believe they were. Which version of our reality do you most want to believe? (There are no wrong answers (inside our version of reality).)”
Do you, individual, have an unorthodox opinion?
This is not exactly an example of “begging the question,” because there isn’t even a question or an argument to defend. This is just self-congratulatory nonsense, an opportunity for their readers to momentarily pride themselves on their interesting opinions. This represents the nadir of the media chasing its own tail. NPR should be ashamed.
If they wanted to know if their general readership thought that the TEA Party and Occupy could potentially join forces, they might have had the damned common sense to remove the final, tautological clause:
That’s a legitimate question, though I don’t recognize the validity of an anonymous online poll pasted at the bottom of an article.
Here is the slim, aimless article to which the poll is affixed.
I’m categorizing this as Bad News simply because it is news done poorly. It would actually be great news is Occupy and the TEA Party could come together and discuss the issues that are currently vexing both groups. It would be even better news if NPR could write a comprehensive article on the subject.