Those of us who subscribe to the daily Rasmussen Polls, have wondered recently why this august and trustworthy institution has seen fit to come up with headlines based on polls of “Likely U.S. Voters” that yield what one wag has called, “penetrating insights into the blatantly obvious.” One example, timed to coincide with college graduations last June revealed,
89% Say New Graduates Will Have Tough Time Finding a Job
As the irresistible Mark Harmon in the role of Jethro Gibbs on NCIS would say, “Ya think?”
Similarly, two weeks ago, Rasmussen reported:
90% Say They’re Paying More For Groceries Compared To A Year Ago
In August, just ahead of the return to classrooms across the nation, Rasmussen managed to find just over a quarter of our fellow “likely U.S. voters” who revealed that
26% Say U.S. Public Schools Provide World-Class Education
Rasmussen regularly asks, to paraphrase the words of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, “How’s the U.S. Doing?” As of last Wednesday, November 23, the answer was:
Right Direction or Wrong Track:
17% Say U.S. Heading In Right Direction
It’s difficult to imagine where Rasmussen was able to locate Likely U.S. Voters within reach of a landline (are caves now equipped with wall-mounted phones?) who’ve stepped outside, checked around, and reached the conclusion that the country is heading in just the right direction. I only hope those 17 % aren’t driving on two-way streets these days.
Maybe it’s not the cave: maybe it’s what’s in the pipe.
Now, in the run-up to Christmas, Rasmussen has helpfully focused on a phrase that the Über-Solicitous Führers of Political Correctness foisted on an ungrateful nation some years back, and for which they’re finally getting their long-awaited comeuppance:
70% Prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ Over ‘Happy Holidays’ on Store Signs
Take that, Mr. and Mrs. O. So Very Sensitive.
Other days, one has to wonder about the views of some of these “likely U.S. voters.” Take today — please!–when Rasmussen greeted its subscribers with this headline:
Gingrich Tells Protesters to Take A Bath, Get A Job: 43% Agree
Only 43% agree? Yep, that’s how the poll turned out. How can anyone be against bathing and working? Am I such a Calvinist (see reference to Mark Harmon above, for contrary view) that I can’t see the virtues of grime, crime and sloth? Apparently so. According to Rasmussen,
Rising Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich made news recently when he suggested that the Occupy Wall Street protesters should stop protesting and get jobs after taking a bath. Voters are evenly divided over whether that’s a good idea.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with the former House speaker and think the protesters should take baths and get jobs. But an identical number (43%) disagree, and 14% more are undecided.
The 43% of Likely U.S. Voters who tell Rasmussen that they disagree with Newt on this are also the group most likely to tell the pollster they disagree with Newt that the sun rises in the east. That I understand. But the 14% who can’t decide? Get a grip — or don’t vote.