Remember this? Corbett was always wrong about failed drug tests being a major cause of unemployment, but the right-wing Pennsylvania Manufacturers Assn. is committed to bailing out their boy, so they commissioned a “survey” to try to neutralize this Democratic talking point in the fall campaign. Except the survey didn’t show what they expected it to show. Read Chris Brennan for the PMA’s hilarious attempt to spin the totally non-alarming findings as “alarming.” By the way, who still drug tests anymore?
“While in many cases the percentages are not high, the fact that 19 percent refuse to take drug tests as a condition of employment and 16 percent fail these tests raises a red flag and a real concern about this issue.”
The PMA used that math (19+16=35) to come up with the “one in three” in its headline.
PMA Executive Director David Taylor said he found the survey’s results “alarming.”
“This is our first attempt to quantify something that we’ve heard about very consistently over time,” Taylor said. “It’s an important first step in the larger public-policy debate.”
TelOpinion says it found 870 people willing to participate in the survey, but only 200 – or 23 percent – worked for companies that required drug testing for job applicants. The survey, conducted from May 20 to June 4, has a margin of error of 7 percent.
DERP! They interviewed 200 manufacturing executives whose companies drug test. A small sample of the overall manufacturing sector, which is itself a very small sample of the Pennsylvania workforce.