Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Assignment #1

"Most Americans say tax rich to balance budget-poll"
Kristina Cooke, Reuters
January 3, 2011

1. 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair conducted the study.
2. 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair sponsored the study.
3. Yes. 60 Minutes is a television news program, and this poll provides them with a good news story. The extension of the Bush tax cuts is a prominent and much-debated news story, and this poll offers some clarity to public opinion. 60 Minutes will benefit by reporting this information and could potentially plan upcoming shows around it. The periodical Vanity Fair contains some political content and will, too, benefit from reporting the information to its readers.
4. The article states that 1,067 randomly selected adults across the United States were contacted from November 29-December 2. No other information about the sample or method of communication is given. The margin of error is +/- 3%.
5. Yes, the article is very straightforward with its findings. The article is concise, and it gets the main point across without extraneous information.
6. There are not any graphs in this article.

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