Politi-Fact has set out to research NC House Speaker Tim Moore’s assertion that 80 percent of North Carolinians think bathrooms should be separated by biological gender. Is this true? False? Half-true?
Well never fear- PolitiFact is on top of it- a non-partisan, unbiased examination of the facts, right?
A close look at PolitiFact’s evaluation finds that for a fact-checker, they have a pretty clear bias and disdain for actual facts.
Here is their determination:
Speaker: House Speaker Tim Moore
Statement: Eighty percent of North Carolinians support “the concept that men should not be in women’s restrooms, changing rooms, bathrooms, etc.”
Ruling: Two polls by a conservative polling group found 70 and 80 percent of the public oppose letting transgender people use the bathroom of their choice, although we had some serious doubts about the question that found the 80 percent support. Two polls from a less partisan pollster in partnership with TV stations have found 56 percent and 51 percent of North Carolinians share that opposition. We rate this claim Half True.
Granted, if Speaker Moore was referencing our poll, he exaggerated the results by a few points. But PolitiFact’s determination that Moore’s statement is “half true” is based on the “fact” that our polling is biased and unreliable, unlike two polls by “the less partisan SurveyUSA” that are suddenly more reliable because they show slightly different results (and different questions.)
The problem with that?
The Civitas poll that found that 69 percent of voters felt the Charlotte ordinance was “unreasonable and unsafe” was a SurveyUSA poll.
It’s terribly convenient to claim the only legitimate pollster is SurveyUSA– unless there’s a SurveyUSA poll that proves you wrong. The fact is that both our National Research Inc. and SurveyUSA polls have found that an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians wanted action taken after Charlotte passed an unsafe ordinance that jeopardized privacy and safety, and they don’t want men and women to have to share locker room, bathroom and shower facilities.
Sorry, PolitiFact, but you can’t decide something is not fact based on whether or not you LIKE the poll.