The fact that the polling organization would not provide The Almanac with a copy of the exact questions and responses suggests that the wording was, in fact, designed to favor certain responses. Indeed, given that the poll was initiated by a party with a large stake in the outcome (David Bohannon), he would have been foolish (which Mr. Bohannon is not) not to attempt to sway the outcome in this way.
I applaud The Almanac for seeking to improve the transparency of the poll. I urge the Menlo Park City Council to disregard the results of this poll, and any poll, unless at a minimum they are provided with a written copy of the exact questions and responses, and can carefully consider how the wording may have affected the results.
L. Peter Deutsch
Santa Margarita Avenue, Menlo Park