Live and Die by Polls

Over the past few days a couple articles have popped up on Blue Hampshire touting the results of the recent polls which favored their views.  Since they are selective in which ones they discuss I'm going to counter by discussing poll results they may not like as much.

You can find the UNH poll results in full HERE.

While they are quick to tout the most of those polled oppose repealing same sex marriage, they are silent on the fact that most polled favor restoring parental rights requiring notification before any abortions can be performed on children.  39% strongly favored and 18% somewhat favored.  And even more telling 54% of those polled felt that abortion should be allowed in only either limited circumstances or not legal at all.

Another poll they discuss in an article titled "Republicans Can't Read a Poll" found HEREIn this article they discuss the recent WMUR poll found HERE.  They attempt to claim that house majority leader is wrong when he stated "“What is most encouraging was the majority of those polled see that spending cuts are the best way to balance the budget, rather than new taxes." (Emphasis added at Blue Hampshire)

In the poll the question was asked "Which approach would you choose for dealing with the state’s budget shortfall … rely entirely on spending cuts with no tax increases … rely mainly on spending cuts, with some tax increases … have an even balance of spending cuts and tax increases … rely mainly on tax increases, with some spending cuts … or rely entirely on tax increases, with no spending cuts?"

Entirely On Spending Cuts 29%
Mainly Spending Cuts, Some Tax Increases 21%
Even Balance 35%
Mainly Tax Increases, Some Spending Cuts 9%
Entirely On Tax Increases 2%
Don’t Know / Not Sure 4%

So 50% of those polled would either want the budget problems dealt with either entirely with spending cuts or at the least "mainly" spending cuts.

I would also like to point out that "some tax increases" does not equal "new taxes" such as an income tax or sales tax as some Democrats have pushed.  For instance increasing user fees putting the cost of a service on those who use it would be a tax increase.  Given that, how exactly is Mr Bettencourt incorrect in what he said?  Seems to me that if 50% of those polls favored cutting either entirely or "mainly" then stating the majority see spending cuts as the best way to go is a correct and factual statement.

Of course all that being said the only polls that matter are the ones at the voting booths.