I have no particular problem with this post from Kevin Drum where he would like to see some different polling questions about the Ground Zero mosque (though I do think they reflect some naivite about the founders' intentions in building the mosque, as telegraphed pretty strongly by its proposed name). I think the underlying desire to raise awareness about how small changes to poll question wording can make big changes to poll outcomes is a good one.
Here is my problem with all polls like this. Consider the question
Do you oppose construction of the Ground Zero mosque?
How I answer this is influenced by the unstated intent of the poller or whomever is paying for the poll. That is, the answer is likely be used as justification for some government action, in this case confiscation of the property rights of the owners of the land by not allowing them to do with the land as they wish.
In this nanny state of micro-fascism, we have a very hard time separating opposition to something from be desirous of government intervention. For example, I oppose teenagers spending all day watching crappy TV and playing PS3 games rather than reading. I oppose overcooked steaks. I oppose people who take forever in buffet lines, selecting one leaf of lettuce at a time. I oppose airplane bathrooms that smell bad. I oppose using "incent" as a verb. I oppose writers who have really long passages without paragraph breaks. I oppose commenters who constantly harass me about my horrible proof-reading rather than just getting over it and accepting that I suck.
However, in none of these instances would I advocate government action. Now, of course, I go further than most, in that I also oppose government action in any number of more controversial activities that I also personally oppose but would never ask to be banned, including prostitution, meth use polygamy, driving without a seat belt, and pulling tags off mattresses. So a better question would be:
Do you oppose government action to block construction of the Ground Zero mosque?