Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Good News on English-First -- If It's True

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 1:25 PM

A poll commissioned by The Tennessean indicates that if the English-First referendum was held today, the measure would be narrowly defeated by a 47-46 point margin. That's good news for Nashville, since the measure would do little to change the way Metro government does business, other than announcing to the outside world, "We really don't like Mexicans very much." It also comes as something of a surprise, since most political rail jockeys seem to believe referendum will be overwhelmingly approved. But, alas, the poll may be statistically irrelevant. The Michigan pollster commissioned by the paper only surveyed 200 people, and the margin of error is an elevated 6 percent. Moreover, the election doesn't occur until January 22 (and may cost as much as $500,000 in the middle of a depression). So while this is a nice piece of news, it's certainly way too early to break out the shots.

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