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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ya think?

Bob Dylan once sang "you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowin'." You can now add to that you don't need a pollster to know people are nervous about the economy.

In a sign the Globe's bottom line must be better, the paper of record commissions a poll to tell us what should be obvious with every shuttered store and in every anxious conversation between friends and co-workers.

Things are still tough out there. And our elected officials are taking the heat for it.

We've long known that jobs are what economists like to call a lagging indicator and that stocks have little to do with our day-to-day lives. And that hasn't changed even if I can now retire at 80 instead of 85 because my retirement accounts have added back some of the losses.

Why not some good old fashioned reporting? What makes a survey a more solid foundation for hitting the street? The Globe ran an architecture piece on the new Legacy Place in Dedham (not Framingham!) yesterday. Why not ask folks there what brought them out -- sightseeing or shopping?

At least the Suffolk University polling operation is doing OK. And the Globe is now looking to Massachusetts operations to conduct its polls.

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