Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Electing Obama

A weird little polling tempest is at play based on a survey with results critical of those who voted for Barack Obama. The Zogby International site includes details of a survey and a defense of its questions as not being a push poll.

Lemme lay it out. You got this guy doing a documentary that essentially argues that journalists fawning over Obama practiced "media malpractice" and elected him. Here's a quote from our budding documentarian, John Ziegler:
"After I interviewed Obama voters on Election Day for my documentary, I had a pretty low opinion of what most of them had picked up from the media coverage of the campaign, but this poll really proves beyond any doubt the stunning level of malpractice on the part of the media in not educating the Obama portion of the voting populace," said Ziegler.

And the weird part is a defense on the same page by the Zogby folks swearing this was not a push poll designed to influence opinion rather than merely measure it.

The results of the poll make Obama supporters seem, well, less than informed. Well, not exactly. A bunch of them knew about all the bad stuff on Palin or McCain but curiously were unable to answer similar questions about Obama and Biden.

A pdf of the questionnaire and marginals
is here. I'll revisit this tomorrow in more detail after I get through meetings and can sit down, think it through.

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