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:
|Undecided/Refused to answer||19%|
Answers from those who are registered, but say they are unlikely to vote:
|Undecided/Refused to answer||18%|
Next question of interest:
Is your opinion of [name] generally favorable or generally unfavorable?
|Undecided/Never heard of||8%||25%|
Oh, one last thing:
Can you tell me the name of the Vice President of the United States?
|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."