Lake Research Partners Poll on Mexican Trucks.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, concerning the “Report Card” presented at a news conference in Washington on June 20, the manner in which a question is constructed and asked makes all the difference in the world.

In arriving at their results of 56% of Americans are opposed to allowing Mexican trucks on American highways, here is how Lake Research Partners phrased the question

Question 1: As you may know, under current United States trade agreements, trucks from Mexico are allowed to pick up and deliver goods only in commercial zones that extend 10 to 20 miles into the states that border Mexico. The Bush Administration has announced plans to allow a large number of trucks from Mexico to drive throughout the United States beginning in May 2007. Here is what some people are saying about this issue.

_Some/other people say this is a bad idea because Mexico does not have the same consistent safety requirements for truck equipment and truck drivers as the United States. The U.S. government cannot ensure the safety of trucks from Mexico once they are allowed to drive freely throughout the United States. It would be dangerous for the traveling public if we allow trucks from Mexico to operate throughout the United States.

_Some/other people say this is a good idea because it will not degrade safety since these trucks will be expected to meet U.S. safety standards. They say that allowing trucks from Mexico to drive throughout the United States will improve trade between the United States and Mexico. Which position is closer to your point of view?

Question 2:Do you think if we permit trucks from Mexico to drive throughout the United States it will make the roads safer for U.S. drivers, less safe, or are you unsure? 

The demographics supposedly sampled were as followed:

Methodology: Lake Research Partners designed this telephone survey and it was administered by CARAVAN® Opinion Research Corporation. The Truck Safety Coalition commissioned the questions. The survey was conducted among a national probability sample of 1,000 adults comprised of 485 men and 515 women, 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the continental United States. Interviewing was conducted April 12-17, 2007. The data has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

When you lead off with the statement of Mexican trucks being unsafe, etc etc, the rest of the question is lost. The respondents hear, Mexican, unsafe, threat to safety etc, and with the ongoing hulabaloo about illegal immigration, all else is lost.

But this is how the results were arrived at. Form your own opinion from the facts and not the hype.