Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How Obama got elected

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air posts - - -

I’m sure we’ll all be linking to this video today. John Ziegler interviews Obama voters to gauge their knowledge of various issues that came up during the election, and gets very … entertaining results. His new website, How Obama Got Elected, marries this with a more disturbing report from Zogby that emphasizes a great deal of ignorance in the vote:

Let’s start with Zogby’s numbers. The poll surveyed over 500 self-professed Obama voters and has an MOE of 4.4%, with 55% having a college degree and over 90% having a high-school diploma. It asked 12 multiple-choice questions; only 2.4% got at least 11 correct. Only .5% got all them correct.

  • 57.4 % could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
  • 81.8 % could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
  • 82.6 % could NOT correctly say that Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
  • 88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
  • 56.1 % could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).And yet…..
  • Only 13.7% failed to identify Palin as the person their party spent $150,000 in clothes on
  • Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
  • And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!
On the last point, though, Palin was the only candidate from Alaska. Palin did state that one could see Russia from the state as an answer to an interview question about her foreign-policy credentials. I don’t believe that the survey gave Fey as a choice, so Palin would have been the obvious answer from those provided.

There's more before Ed closes with - - -

As for the video, without the Zogby poll, it would be hilarious but without context. Anyone can find fools for “man on the street” interviews; Jay Leno does it as a regular staple for the Tonight Show. Zogby’s poll shows that Ziegler’s video is no anomaly. Wait for the end, where the ignorant endorse their favorite media outlets, which is the real highlight of this project.

Ed Morrissey's entire post's here.

Now the video - - -

Hat tip: AC, BN and J54


Anonymous said...

Ha! Americans are idiots!

Anonymous said...

An informed electorate...hmph... hummmph....bbwwwwaaaaahhhh ha ha! H. L. Mencken said it before: nobody ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Tarheel Hawkeye

Anonymous said...

These results can be directly attributed to our biased MSM. I believe it was Mark Twain who once said, "If you do not read a newspaper you are uninformed, if you do, you are misinformed". A lot of voters bought a pig in a poke on November 4th. Shortly, they are going to find out just what they bought. "Gird your loins". Steve in New Mexico

Anonymous said...

Zogby's catching hell for doing the survey.

It looks to me like fair research.

I've done surveys and polling in my time. I don't see any "push."