Saturday, August 18, 2012

Democrats' (Democracy's) Problem in a Nutshell

Charles Blow's column in today's NYT, which is well worth reading, had a discouraging sidebar, showing some results from a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll of unlikely voters. Let us weep for our country, together.

First question of interest:

If you were registered to vote and the General Election for United States President were held today and the candidates were Democrat Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney, or a third party candidate, for whom would you vote or towards whom would you LEAN at this time?

Answers from those who are not registered to vote:

Obama 43%
Romney 14%
Third party 23%
Undecided/Refused to answer   19%

Answers from those who are registered, but say they are unlikely to vote:

Obama 43%
Romney 20%
Third party 18%
Undecided/Refused to answer   18%

Next question of interest:

Is your opinion of [name] generally favorable or generally unfavorable?

   Obama   Romney 
Favorable 55% 25%
Unfavorable 37% 51%
Undecided/Never heard of 8% 25%

Oh, one last thing:

Can you tell me the name of the Vice President of the United States?

"Joe Biden" 39%
"Dick Cheney" 1%
Don't know/Refused to answer  60%

To end on a positive note: I think we should be encouraged that none of them said "Sarah Palin."


M. Bouffant said...

Assuming then you have already seen this, & certainly where it links. Other related & serious punditry.

Brendan Keefe said...

I had seen the middle one, and thanks for the other two. Will look at more closely when I have consumed enough controlled substances to think there's some reason to optimistic that all is not lost.

Meanwhile, are you a supporter of NPV?