AP Misreports CID-Gallup Poll On Honduras– Report That People Support Zelaya When Exact Opposite Is True
The Associated Press likely misread a poll on Honduras and reported that the people backed the Leftist thug Zelaya when the opposite is true.
The Washington Post reported this on Friday morning:
According to results of a Gallup poll published here Thursday, 41 percent of Hondurans think the ouster was justified, with 28 opposed to it.
The de facto regime headed by Roberto Micheletti cited such support as he began talks Thursday in Costa Rica with that country’s president, Oscar Arias, who has agreed to mediate.
Reuters also reported these same numbers.
But, later today the AP reported this on the same poll:
A new CID-Gallup poll indicated that Hondurans were split on the coup, with a slight majority appearing to oppose it.
Forty-six percent said they disagreed with Zelaya’s ouster and 41 percent said they approved of it, according to the face-to-face survey of 1,204 Hondurans in the days following the ouster. Another 13 percent declined to answer.
They were about evenly divided on Zelaya himself, with 31 percent saying they had a positive image of him and 32 percent negative.
So what did the poll really say?
According to El Heraldo News the Washington Post is correct, the people backed the move to oust Zelaya:
The survey reveals that the majority of those questioned believed that the actions the government took with respect to Zelaya justified his removal from office as the President of the Republic.
41 percent believed that it was justified, 28 percent think not, while 31 percent do not know.
47 percent of respondents saw the actions by Zelaya as a means to stay in power, while 36 percent believed it was his desire to introduce constitutional changes.
The CID-Gallup poll revealed that 63 percent of respondents did not agree to support a query for the installation of a National Constituent Assembly (Zelaya’s idea), 22 per cent said it was, while 15 percent did not know.
It looks like the AP was not correct in their article. In fact the exact opposite is true.
Most Hondurans see Zelaya as a thug and backed his ouster.
Blogging by Boz has more on the poll.