I just got a call from a polling firm in the Midwest asking a series of leading questions on SSA's proposed Gateway Pacific coal terminal. The tipoff came when the pollster described the terminal as a "multimodal shipping facility" handling a long list of bulk products staring with grain that just happened to include coal as the final item on her list. Another of the questions was did I support this as a way of creating new jobs? The rest was in a similar vein.
From the way the questions were structured, it seemed very clear the purpose of the poll was to enhance support for the Gateway project.
Who could possibly be paying for this polling and what will be done with the results?