Thursday, February 18, 2010

10 ways to interpret poll showing unqualified Palin nevertheless running well against Obama

Here's an eye-opener.
A new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans do not think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president -- but a significant number of those people would still vote for her against Barack Obama.

The poll asked "Do you think Sarah Palin is or is not qualified to serve as President?" The answer was only 30% qualified, 59% not qualified, 11% undecided. However, in a direct match-up against President Obama, Palin attracts 43% of the vote to Obama's 50%. This means that there are 13% of Americans who either do not think Palin is qualified to be president, or are undecided on the matter, and would nevertheless vote for her.
Some possible interpretations:

1. People respect Palin's intuitive grasp of social media and her "little Twittering thing."

2. People who would vote for an unqualified candidate against a black president are racist.

3. People who would vote for an unqualified candidate against a highly educated incumbent president are stupid.

4. People who would vote for an unqualified candidate against a qualified incumbent are populists.

5. People think being qualified is a synonym for being a compromised defender of the status quo.

6. People will say anything to pollsters just to get them riled up.

7. If qualifications are so important, why have the best and the brightest made such a mess of things?

8. Almost anybody would be better than a president who thinks people who speculate with public money are hard workers who deserve to succeed.

9. Better dead (no healthcare) than red (government-imposed socialist healthcare).

10. Hey, who needs qualifications if you look hot in red?

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