This is the poll that the box on p.207
refers to. Here are questions from a poll paid for by the Bush campaign before
the 2000 South Carolina primary. The McCain campaign considered it a
“push-poll.” The Bush campaign said that only 300 respondents were surveyed
(over 500,000 people voted in the primary). Rather than being a “push-poll,” it
was a survey designed to test attack lines, some experts argued:
Q. Here are three points people have made about John McCain's position on taxes. Please tell me for each of these whether you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove.
a) John McCain's plan does not cut tax rates for 71 percent of all taxpayers.
b) John McCain's plan will increase taxes on charitable contributions to churches, colleges and charities by $20 billion.
c) John McCain says he never voted for a tax increase, but he wrote legislation that proposed the largest tax increase in United States history.
Q. Here are some points regarding John McCain's record on campaign finance reform. Again please tell me whether you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove.
a) He has written legislation that would use taxpayer dollars to pay for political campaigns.
b) He was reprimanded by the Senate Ethics Committee for intervening with the federal regulators who were investigating Charles Keating, one of his campaign contributors who went to jail for bank fraud in the Savings and Loan scandal.
Q. John McCain calls the campaign finance system corrupt, but as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, he raises money and travels on the private jets of corporations with legislative proposals before his committee. In view of this are you much more likely to vote for him, somewhat more likely to vote for him, somewhat more likely to vote against him or much more likely to vote against him?
Q. John McCain's campaign finance proposals would give labor unions and the media a bigger influence on the outcome of elections. Again, in view of this are you much more likely to vote for him, somewhat more likely to vote for him, somewhat more likely to vote against him or much more likely to vote against him? (pg. A16)