I received an email from a poll recipient over the weekend, and more information this morning. Here's the list of questions the Economic Freedom Fund asked on that race: (I have numbered and added bolding.)
1) Would you like your taxes not raised and if possible cut?
2) Do you believe that frivolous and abusive lawsuits cost us all too much money?
3) Leonard Boswell has support from liberal trial lawyers who make it a habit to sue little league baseball and pee-wee football teams.
4) Do you want liberal female California Nancy Pelosi and her supporters to take total control over the US house of Representatives?
5) Does knowing that Boswell voted for liberal Pelosi (either two or four) times make you less likely to vote for him?
6) Do you believe that America has an illegal immigration problem?
7) Would you support the argument that only a marraige betweeen one man and one woman is legal and binding?
8) On the issue of abortion would you consider yourself pro-life?
9) Do you support a law that allows the self-employed, such as farmers and small business owners, to deduct health care costs such as health insurance and doctors bills from their taxes?
10) Do you consider yourself a Republican?
11) Are you a man?
12) Do you have a favorable opinion of Bush?
This is terrible. It's misogynistic, misleading and it only tells half the story. It's exactly what one would expect from Jeff Lamberti, who by all accounts should leave a slimy trail behind when he walks.
The second possible push poll is more speculative. I received a press release today from David Loebsack's campaign:
Great news! The Dave Loebsack campaign has released a poll, and the numbers are great. I hope you have seen today’s Cedar Rapids Gazette page 3-B, but if not, here is what all of the buzz is about:
Only a paltry 38% of Iowans polled said they would vote to re-elect the Republican incumbent Jim Leach.
After the Iowans polled hear a brief biography of Dave Loebsack, the numbers jump to: Dave 52%, Leach 28%.
Now, I'm not an expert, and I certainly wasn't in the room when these calls were made, but how great would that "brief biography of Dave Loebsack" have to be to drop Leach's rating by ten points? I've emailed the Loebsack campaign to ask. I'll let you know what I find out.