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Editorial: Passionate politics + uninformed voters = biased polls
About politics and other thingsOctober 3, 2012 | 949 views | Post a comment
Something on television last week -- it may have been on Fox News -- gave me pause.
Of course, I understand that some will automatically disavow anything that comes from Fox News, but the truth of something does not depend on the source of the information. It is the information itself that should be judged.
The show featured interviews with people who admitted that they knew nothing about the upcoming elections. The catch is that they did not know that they were admitting that they did not know.
The interviews were conducted in Harlem for the Howard Stern show, and Obama supporters were eager, and even proud, to tell why they supported President Barack Obama for another term.
It was eye-opening, but could explain, in part, why Obama continues to be ahead in the polls.
One interviewee was asked if her reason for approving of Obama’s choice of Paul Ryan as vice president was because he was black or because he was qualified. “Both,” she replied.
Several agreed that they hoped the president would eventually kill Bin Laden. One said she did not believe in killing, but they should find Bin Laden and lock him up. One said he’d vote for McCain if he dropped Sarah Palin from the ticket. Another did not think McCain would win because he “is not presidential material.”
These are likely the same people who are being interviewed by the pollsters -- and these are likely people who will vote in November.
Lest we are accused of bias for picking on people in Harlem, I was told of another interview that showed white people to be just as ignorant. Alexandra (Nancy’s daughter) Pelosi interviewed people in the South for a Bill Maher show. Maher said they were not making fun of anybody -- but they were. They showed people in their shanties, as if that was something to be ashamed of. Some of the little houses were similar to the one I grew up in.
These folks were sincere, except for one toothless man, but I suppose he was sincere in his own way. Maher ridiculed these people because they were poor-- not because they didn’t know who was in the election.
In summary, Pelosi and the rest of Maher’s panel could not accept that people who were so poor could possibly be against Obama -- unless it was racism. They could not accept that it involved moral conviction or self-determination.
“I hate Obamacare,” said one Mississippian, so Pelosi protested, “... but people here need healthcare?” Naw, came the reply. Their grandparents didn’t have all those government programs and they still made it. People pulled their own weight back then.
None of that convinced the Maher panel: “Why would the poorest state in the nation be the most conservative?” Maher and the panel simply shook their heads, and laughed. They did not buy that voting for God and faith could be more important than voting for free money and a handout.
Maher concluded: These Southern folks will vote against their own economic future because they can’t see past their own prejudices.
So there it is. The establishment media telling us that Obama is ahead. There are two reasons he may be ahead in the polls: Some people are clueless, as we saw in the Harlem interviews; and we have a very liberal bias in the media, as we see in the Pelosi interviews.
Not to worry, conservatives. You are not racist -- and your day is coming.
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