Polls prove people are idiots, polls need to be ignored

If there’s one thing the Bush Administration has learned in its six-plus years in power, it’s that public opinion doesn’t matter one iota.

“I know people make a big deal out of these things. If I worried about polls, I would be — I wouldn’t be doing my job,” President Bush has said.

Of course, while the President scoffs at reports that he’s out of touch while laughing off the will of the people, the people keep on speaking:

Nonetheless, the standard party line for the right is that such polls are utterly meaningless. Perhaps Bernard Goldberg put it best, while chatting on Fox News with Michelle Malkin:

“We go to the American people and we ask them if they can pick out Kansas on a map and they can’t. We ask them if they can pick out England on a map and they can’t. We ask them who the Vice-president is, they don’t have any idea. Who’s the Secretary of State? “I don’t know.” Then we go to them and ask them what they think of the Lewis Libby commutation? I don’t care what the American people have to say about these things.

Whether on issues social, economic or war, the American people have stood and let their voices be heard. The Bush Administration and far-right conservatives have responded accordingly – by stating that polls are meaningless and Americans are idiots.

So keep giving your opinions and keep taking advantage of your right to free speech. Just don’t think the will of the people can override your leaders’ unwillingness to give a shit.

–WKW

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12 responses to “Polls prove people are idiots, polls need to be ignored

  1. Pingback: William K. Wolfrum » Blog Archive » Polls prove people are idiots, polls need to be ignored

  2. Doktor Wankenstein

    Let me see if I’ve got this right…

    The Fairness Doctrine is thrown out during the Reagan administration, the American public is force-fed a steady diet of 24/7 faux-news and bullshit for the past three decades, and NOW the wingers complain that we’re too stupid to know what’s going on?

    Jeebus on a Triscuit, ya can’t have it both ways, McGee!

  3. anangryoldbroad

    Americans might not be so “stupid”if they actually got NEWS from certain so called NEWS CHANNELS. I think if you’re gonna say you’re news,you gotta BE news,not half assed opinionated wingnut welfare crap. It also might help if schools were actually allowed to teach stuff besides what ends up on a corporate designed bullshit test that kids have to spend inordinate amounts of time on.

    But hey,what do I know,I’m just a stinkin hippie.

  4. nightshift66

    The majority of Americans have always been poorly informed about matters of state. One of the Founders noted that the average merchant or farmer would not have the time or inclination to educate themselves about the affairs of nations, and would be easy targets for the most effective demagogues. That’s one reason they feared democracy. Can we honestly say that the modern US hasn’t proven them correct?

    We often note here that whatever the Right accuses the Left of doing is exactly what the Right is doing, or planning to do. This is a perfect example. The Right for years has whined that ‘the poor and the stupid’ would always vote for the ‘gimme a freebie’ party and that the Dems could buy every election. But what’s occurred is that the Right has abrogated patriotism to itself, on its terms, and demogogued the hell out of it for years. That’s why the GOP was seen as the best on national security for years after it was clear that they were as awful at it as they are at all other aspects of governing.

    Sure, it is a hopeful sign that the polls are slowly shifting away from the Right. But look how many years of dreadful governance it took!

  5. nightshift66

    Totally off topic, but has anyone else noticed that the counter often says there is one more comment in a thread than there actually is?

  6. NameChanged

    angryoldbroad–“It also might help if schools were actually allowed to teach stuff besides what ends up on a corporate designed bullshit test that kids have to spend inordinate amounts of time on.”

    well said.

  7. Totally off topic, but has anyone else noticed that the counter often says there is one more comment in a thread than there actually is?

    I believe it’s because it counts trackbacks as comments.

    –WKW

  8. Erin M

    Nightshift – Pingbacks count as comments, too, it seems.

  9. LS

    To Goldberg:
    How about this, then — you can ignore the idiots, but if we pass the general knowledge section of the poll, you must follow our opinions. Fair enough?

    Because I guarantee you, most of us liberals can indeed find Kansas, England, and even countries where they have mostly (gasp!) brown people(!) on a map. We can also name the VP and the Secretary of State, AND tell you what stupid, unethical, and/or illegal things they’ve done lately.

  10. Doktor Wankenstein

    Hey! I can find Kansas on a map! Just go two up from Texas.

  11. LS, wow. How about a survey that does exactly that? Ask people some basic questions to orient their knowledge and rate their responses to the opinion questions accordingly?

  12. Something like that could even be posted online if there was a way to prevent overvoting (maybe an IP check) though you’d still have a self-selection bias. Something we could use for internal polling too when we bloggers become a more substantial political force than we are so far.

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