A Post-mortem On How Obama Got Elected.

I’ll tell you this up-front: there’s very little I can add to what I’m going to link to concerning this post.  A Zogby poll was commissioned by John Ziegler, the author of The Death of Free Speech.  The questions were directed to people who voted for Barack “The Nazarine” Obama in the general election.

The results of the poll should make any freedom-loving US citizen seriously ill.

Follow the link to get to the results of the poll itself:

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Here’s the Ziegler snippet on the Zogby website that describes the poll, and the results:

Just 2% of voters who supported Barack Obama on Election Day obtained perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets during the campaign, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Only 54% of Obama voters were able to answer at least half or more of the questions correctly.

The 12-question, multiple-choice survey found questions regarding statements linked to Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice-presidential running-mate Sarah Palin were far more likely to be answered correctly by Obama voters than questions about statements associated with Obama and Vice-President–Elect Joe Biden. The telephone survey of 512 Obama voters nationwide was conducted Nov. 13-15, 2008, and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points. The survey was commissioned by John Ziegler, author of The Death of Free Speech, producer of the recently released film “Blocking the Path to 9/11” and producer of the upcoming documentary film, Media Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected.

“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.

Ninety-four percent of Obama voters correctly identified Palin as the candidate with a pregnant teenage daughter, 86% correctly identified Palin as the candidate associated with a $150,000 wardrobe purchased by her political party, and 81% chose McCain as the candidate who was unable to identify the number of houses he owned. When asked which candidate said they could “see Russia from their house,” 87% chose Palin, although the quote actually is attributed to Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey during her portrayal of Palin during the campaign. An answer of “none” or “Palin” was counted as a correct answer on the test, given that the statement was associated with a characterization of Palin.

Obama voters did not fare nearly as well overall when asked to answer questions about statements or stories associated with Obama or Biden — 83% failed to correctly answer that Obama had won his first election by getting all of his opponents removed from the ballot, and 88% did not correctly associate Obama with his statement that his energy policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry. Most (56%) were also not able to correctly answer that Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of Obama voters did not correctly identify Biden as the candidate who had to quit a previous campaign for President because he was found to have plagiarized a speech, and nearly half (47%) did not know that Biden was the one who predicted Obama would be tested by a generated international crisis during his first six months as President.

In addition to questions regarding statements and scandals associated with the campaigns, the 12-question, multiple-choice survey also included a question asking which political party controlled both houses of Congress leading up to the election — 57% of Obama voters were unable to correctly answer that Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate.

John Zogby also puts in his two-cents about the poll and his methodology:

We stand by the results our survey work on behalf of John Ziegler, as we stand by all of our work. We reject the notion that this was a push poll because it very simply wasn’t. It was a legitimate effort to test the knowledge of voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama in the Nov. 4 election. Push polls are a malicious effort to sway public opinion one way or the other, while message and knowledge testing is quite another effort of public opinion research that is legitimate inquiry and has value in the public square. In this case, the respondents were given a full range of responses and were not pressured or influenced to respond in one way or another. This poll was not designed to hurt anyone, which is obvious as it was conducted after the election. The client is free to draw his own conclusions about the research, as are bloggers and other members of society. But Zogby International is a neutral party in this matter. We were hired to test public opinion on a particular subject and with no ax to grind, that’s exactly what we did. We don’t have to agree or disagree with the questions, we simply ask them and provide the client with a fair and accurate set of data reflecting public opinion.

Here is also the video that Ziegler did, which is as frightening as it is comical:

You can also go to the website to see the video as well.

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3 Responses to A Post-mortem On How Obama Got Elected.

  1. JT says:

    The problem with the poll is that they only asked Obama voters. I bet there would have been very similar results with McCain voters. Many of the questions about McCain/Palin were recent events, while the questions about Obama/Biden were things that happened many years earlier.

    All the poll shows is that most media outlets tend to report on current events vice old news.

  2. unknownconservative says:

    They did, in some regards. I remember something on Bill Maher’s show where Nancy Pelosi’s kid interviewed a bunch of southern rednecks about Obama. They thought the comments like “he’s a communist” and “he is a Muslim” were funny (the fact is that at one point in his life, Barry was registered as a Muslim). The reality was, indeed, the rednecks were correct: the man is a communist.

    Sorry, but I don’t agree with the sentiment that “Well, there are an equal amount of ignorant people on both sides.” Yes, ignorant people exist in one form or another on both sides, but my own experiences mirror those on that video. The sad fact of the matter is that people who voted for Obama – and those who vote Democrat in general – are either unknowingly, or willfully ignorant. Looking back on past electoral victories when we had similar outcomes – namely the first two years of Bill Clinton’s first term – the Democrats, fully in control of Congress and the Executive branch, did almost the EXACT same thing they did under the administration of the Boy Prince. In fact, it led to Republican domination of Congress and eventually the White House under Bush ’43.

    And something similar happened under Jimmy Carter – it led to Reagan’s election.

    What Obama intended to do once he took office was clear for anyone who had eyes, and could see, and ears with which to hear. He talked about the masses “bitterly clinging to guns and religion,” about how under his “evolved” healthcare system people would not get the level of service that they were previously accustomed to, that he would “spread the wealth around,” and said outright that gas prices would “necessarily rise” under his watch. You couldn’t miss any of it. You HAD to be ignorant not to see it.

    There there was the whole Bush Derangement thing where people actually believed that he was “shredding the Constitution” by recinding “habeus corpus”…despite the fact that Lincoln did something similar. Or that the two ward in the Middle East were accumulating “massive” deficits – despite the fact that more deficit spending has been accumulated by things like Medicare, Medicaid, ADC, WIC, and so on – or that Bush was actually one of the people who flew one of the jets into the Twin Towers on 9/11. It was outright fantasy, with little to no basis in reality, which in its own way is ignorence.

    People voted for Obana based on the aforementioned reasons. We’re now all suffering because of it.

    So no, I contest that there wouldn’t have been similar results. People who voted for McCain either believed in his “maverick straight talk” schtick, or realized the disaster that the Rookie of the Year was going to bring to this country. While I realized early on that the McCain “maverick” thing was a form of political delusion (propagated by guys like Chris Matthews), we ended up being correct.

    A tree is known by it’s fruit.

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