…so why should he care about it? It’s only some piece of ass.
This PPP survey has more to do with feeding the liberal echo chamber than explaining an election:
Only 38% of Republican primary voters say they’re willing to support a candidate for president next year who firmly rejects the birther theory and those folks want Mitt Romney to be their nominee for president next year. With the other 62% of Republicans- 23% of whom say they are only willing to vote for a birther and 39% of whom are not sure- Donald Trump is cleaning up. And as a result Trump’s ridden the controversy about Barack Obama’s place of birth to the highest level of support we’ve found for anyone in our national GOP polling so far in 2011.
I put these results up over at Liberaland, and they got plenty of discussion.
But Ben’s annoyed with it. Why? The poll’s wrong? It’s a hoax? Nope. Ben doesn’t have the time or the balls to say that.
It’s “foolish“. Take that, statistics.
Who seriously thinks Republican primary voters spend much time thinking about whether birth certificate views disqualify a candidate, much less are going to vote on those purported views.
. . [crickets] . . ?
It’s really a great example of the deep irrelevance of most early polling.
Oh, I see. Ben Smith makes a handsome living scribbling things on politics. But a poll on folks’ actual political opinions rates an epic of “deep irrelevance.” No more of this, please — voters are silly and irresponsible. Ben will just put on his headphones from now until early November, 2012. Until then you can speak to him through his Pandora account.
Can I put these two statements together?
“Who seriously thinks Republican primary voters spend much time thinking about whether birth certificate views disqualify a candidate . .” [snip] “. . 23% of whom say they are only willing to vote for a birther”
Yes, I can. And apparently voters DO think about such things, and it very much much DOES matter to them.
What a hack. Ben sucks balls because he knows voters are fucking stupid. He can’t mention that because he and his money-grubbing website would be reduced to idiot herders. He’d prefer, as he held out his hand, that you’d hear James Earl Jones’ voice ringing out “YOUR VOTE, THE ANCIENT GREEKS AND LIBERTY” or something. So polls suck. And accurate polls are the worst.