[Marxism] Hungary, Cuba and NED polling

Shawn Redden wsredden at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 06:19:05 MDT 2008

Evidently the IRI has moved away from bankrolling coups in Haiti and 
fixing elections in Venezuela to running unbiased public opinion 
surveys like this one.  Whew!  That's a relief.  I wonder what their 
board of trustees thinks about this shift:


More importantly, I wonder what their sole source of funding - the 
United States government - thinks about it.  After all, one of their 
founders said in 1991 that, "A lot of what we do today was done 
covertly 25 years ago by the CIA."

There is, however, something that I find interesting about these two 
'polls':  the young people in both cases seem to be the most ardent 
supporters of a market based system that can deliver the important 
things like shoes with lights in them.

Obviously this Cuba poll is absurd in the way that it frames the 
question - "would you like ten million dollars or gangrene" - but can 
we draw anything from the demographic breakdown of those polled?  Are 
the numbers jimmied this way by the NED as a propaganda maneuver to 
build a psuedo-fascist student left in Cuba as it has done in Eastern 
Europe and as it is doing in Venezuela and Lebanon?  Or has 
'globalization' really been successful insofar as one of its main 
aims has been to propagandize on behalf of capitalism and create a 
sense of hostility and impossibility to any alternatives?


At 6:08 AM -0400 6/6/08, Ruthless Critic of All that Exists wrote:
>On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 6:05 AM, Ruthless Critic of All that Exists
><ok.president+marxml at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 5:07 AM, Dogan Gocmen 
>><dgn.gcmn at googlemail.com> wrote:
>>>  Ruthless Critic of All that Exists schrieb:
>>>  who makes these opinion pools or studies
>>  "For the study, Latin American interviewers talked to 587 Cuban adults
>>  face to face across all of Cuba's provinces. A telephone survey was
>>  not considered because large segments of the population do not have
>>  phones."
>More details are at their website:
>They say:
>"Cuba also restricts opinion surveys without government authorization
>and supervision. For that reason, IRI utilized an original methodology
>for its survey. From March 14-April 12, 2008 interviewers from other
>Latin American countries discreetly engaged Cubans in public areas
>with their questionnaires. A total of 587 Cuban adults were asked
>questions ranging from perspectives on the economy to the performance
>of the current Castro regime. The survey has a margin of error of +/-
>four percent, and a 95 percent level of confidence. The survey was
>conducted in all 14 Cuban provinces. "
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