Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Poll Both Annoying and Illuminating

Understand, the source is suspicious as hell - this poll of self-identified Republicans was commissioned by Daily Kos. So most Republicans would reject it without even looking. On the other hand, I imagine that they would agree with the results I'm going to quote, while vigorously decrying Kos's conclusions about what they mean.

For example:

Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?

Yes 39
No 32
Not Sure 29

Kos' conclusion is that this is out of the mainstream of most Americans; but everything I've read on the right suggests that they believe all Americans think Obama should be impeached. Or they're about to think that.

Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?

Yes 42
No 36
Not Sure 22

It's nice to know that more Republicans are sure he was born here than don't; but it's a little stupid that more are certain that he wasn't than are not sure. Similarly:

Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?

Yes 63
No 21
Not Sure 16

I guess it depends on whether you define "socialist" formally or as just a kind of muttered insult.

Anyway I'd be interested to see whether any of my conservative pals thing Kos exaggerated the NUMBERS in the poll. Even I think he went overboard on the conclusions.


Publius said...

These words don't go together:

Danielk said...

So says O'Reilly.


But I'm wondering how does this lying manifest. Are most Republicans actually sure that Obama was born in the US? Do you feel that Obama is not a socialist? If so, why do you keep saying otherwise?

Publius said...

I wasn't polled. I doubt any other Republican was, either. I further doubt that anyone at the DailysCuz even KNOWS a Republican or would even know where to go to find one.

Danielk said...

So you think most Republicans are in favor of all the things the poll says they're against? In other words, do you think Kos slandered the Republican party by claiming they believe things that they don't?

Publius said...

I can't take any "poll" created by the extremists at DailysCuz seriously at all. The questions they asked I didn't even look at. As soon as I heard it was the moonbat patrol that invented the poll out of thin air (as I sure they did) I dismissed it entirely.

Of course, you know I've said before that polls, anyone's polls, don;t usually get me too excited. They are too easy to manipulate to get a preconceived result.