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Right wing website Newsmax suppresses embarrassing survey results about Medicare

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Right wing website Newsmax held a survey in which they asked whether to cut Medicare.  Respondents overwhelmingly responded, No, don't cut Medicare.  So Newsmax removed those results and replaced them with results of a question founded upon a lie.

Below are the original results (copied from here). First they asked a question about cutting the deficit; then they asked about cutting Medicare.

To close the federal deficit, Congress and the President should:
Raise taxes  85,099( 08%)
Cut spending 274,206( 27%)
Cut taxes and cut spending 593,479( 59%)
Raise taxes and increase spending 38,066( 03%)

Do you favor significant cuts to Medicare?
Yes, cut Medicare significantly 91,174( 09%)
No, don't cut Medicare significantly 894,105( 90%)

What's significant is that 86% of respondents wanted to lower the federal deficit by cutting taxes and/or spending and yet 90% of respondents (almost 900,000 people) opposed significant cuts to Medicare.

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Also, 67% of respondents (965,774) said "No, don't repeal it all to" in response to "Do you support the full repeal of President Obama's healthcare plan Congress passed in 2010?".

The results above were copied from Newsmax.com's survey page SurveyResults. I reported on them on Oct 24th here. I found other webpages which mentioned the results above:  here and here and here, for example.

But if you on the SurveyResults now, you'll not see the results about the question "Do you favor significant cuts to Medicare?".

This strongly suggests that Newmax removed the results because they didn't like them.  Instead, now they present the question "Should Congress restore $500 billion in Medicare benefits for seniors that the Obama plan cut?", for which 68% of respondents (961,924) said "Yes, restore the Medicare benefits." This question is, of course, based on a falsehood: that Obama cute $500 billion from Medicare.

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See also Newsmax Uses Poll to Spread Lies.

Americans, even conservatives, love Medicare. But conservatives don't want to pay for it.


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