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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Stranger Is Seattle's Sixth Most Credible Source of Information on the Minimum Wage!

Posted by on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

As Anna reports, today's new poll on the minimum wage shows a helluva lot of support for a $15 minimum wage—74 percent! But on the last page, there's another revealing data point. Respondents were asked to rate different groups' credibility (they were listed off by name) on the minimum wage issue, on a scale from 1 to 5. Click to enlarge:

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There are a couple big takeaways from this graph: One out of every five likely voters considers fast food workers "extremely credible" on this issue. That's huge. That means voters place a ton of trust in the workers most affected by poverty wages, instead of their bosses (notice how the Washington State Restaurant Association comes in second to last).

And in the media world, Seattle's most credible newspaper is... The Stranger, coming in four points above the Seattle Times, just barely within the margin of error. The Seattle Weekly does not exist. But, according to this poll, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is more credible than any news source in town. Congrats, Mr. Mayor!

 

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COMTE 1
Interesting that Sawant and the SAP, the two entities most responsible for putting the issue on the radar screens of voters in the first place, have the lowest credibility. Does that indicate some sort of disconnect (i.e. voters are in favor of the message, but don't necessarily trust the messengers)?
Posted by COMTE on May 14, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
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Hey, good job. You're beating the Seattle Times in both metrics. Both the more credible, and less credible.
Posted by GermanSausage on May 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
fletc3her 3
Just slightly less credible than an organization nobody has ever heard of.
Posted by fletc3her on May 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM · Report this
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Within the margin of error, barely or not, means the difference is meaningless.
Posted by ian on May 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 5
New Stranger slogan: "We beat both the Times & the Socialist Alternative Party!"
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on May 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Better Read than Dead like the Suburban Times!
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on May 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
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@1 I'm guessing the disconnect between message and messenger.

There were a couple of stories last year about how if you asked folks if they liked Obamacare most said no, but if you asked if they liked the Affordable Care Act the same folks said yes.
Posted by gnossos on May 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM · Report this
MrBaker 8
New Stranger slogan: we're less credible than Ed Murray, but that won't phase us.
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on May 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
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Who exactly is "fast food workers"?
I know there are people who are fast food workers, but I wasn't aware of an organized group with that title.
At best, that is public sentiment, anecdotes with a dash of spin based on the entity actually reporting what "fast food workers" has to say.

I think the chart also suggest that the people who responded to the poll didn't actually know what good questions look like (which isn't their job), and the writers of the poll questions didn't have a clue what they wanted other than to make a poll (which, I suppose, is their job.)

(This is not an attack on people who work in fast food, as much as an attack on people who think polls should be used for anything other than generating news stories.)
Posted by xizar on May 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM · Report this
theophrastus 10
"actually, the most common reply we got was some insult calling us a 'horses-ass' ...just for asking, i guess"
Posted by theophrastus on May 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
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@10 - hilarious.
If we have been deemed more credible it is because we have stood on the shoulders of giants.
Posted by JAT on May 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM · Report this
guerre 12
@9 real question- what was your issue with the question phrasing?
Posted by guerre on May 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 13
One out of every five likely voters considers fast food workers "extremely credible" on this issue. That's huge. That means voters place a ton of trust in the workers most affected by poverty wages...

It actually means there are a shit-ton of people working in fast food. They, with their friends & family, now constitute a sizable portion of any random sample of potential voters. Ignore this at your peril.
Posted by Sir Vic on May 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM · Report this
guerre 14
@10 slog comment of the year!
Posted by guerre on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM · Report this
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18% of the respondents thought The Stranger was "Not at all credible."

Making you simultaneously thought of as the third LEAST credible source.
Posted by tkc on May 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
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How about Kshama Sawant and Plan C?

Any word yet?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on May 14, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
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@10: all kinds of awesome.
Posted by gnossos on May 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM · Report this
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@13, all too true.
Posted by sarah70 on May 14, 2014 at 6:40 PM · Report this

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