Lie of the Year: Readers' poll results
By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 11:29 p.m.
We asked PolitiFact readers to pick what they thought was the most significant lie of the year in 2010, and 3,289 people voted. The decisive winner was the same one PolitiFact editors and reporters selected for the Lie of the Year: the claim that the new health care law is a "government takeover."
Here are the readers' poll results:
1. ObamaCare is a "government takeover" of health care. -- Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch, R-Wis.; and others: 43.9 percent
2. "The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day." -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., 19.2 percent
3. "The stimulus has not created one private sector job." -- Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla., and others: 13.9 percent
4. "Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats' plan." -- Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others: 8.8 percent
5. The ethics report "exonerates me." -- Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., 6.7 percent
6. "Taliban Dan" Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands. -- Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., 2.6 percent
7. "Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world." -- Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others: 1.8 percent
8. Other: 1.6 percent
9. Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. -- Florida Democratic Party and others: 1.5 percent
Readers' poll results.
See individual items for sources.
Researchers: Angie Drobnic Holan
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