Friday, August 26, 2005

Poll shows extremes hold majority in both parties

There is a new poll out that claims 82% of Republicans approve of the job President Bush is doing. That means only 18% either disapprove or do not know how to feel.

The same report claims that 13% of Democrats approve of the President. So, 87% either disapprove or don’t know.

Those figures are astounding. Can Republicans and Democrats be getting the same information?

I would be interested to see a comprehensive study of members of both parties regarding their access to information. Which party members, in general, are better informed? Which members read the widest variety of newspapers and magazines? Which regularly listen to the widest variety of news broadcasts, speeches, pundits, and consider the most ideas and opinions from their opposition party?

And, conversely, which party’s members are more sure they are right and are, therefore, actually less well informed?

If it could be shown that Republicans listen mostly to Republican information and Democrats to information mostly from Democrats, then that would confirm again the great, nearly even, split in the country. It might also show what a waste of time and money campaigning is, because only those who already believe it listen to information from their party.

If that is the case, it might also explain why so much campaign rhetoric does not concern the issues, but rather consists of lies, exaggerations, and innuendo about the opposition.

But if a study concluded that members of both parties are about equally informed from the same wide variety of sources and listen in nearly equal amounts to the other "side," then the poll figures just released are even more surprising. In that case, those extreme figures would seem to show that Democrats and Republicans are not simply a little different in the ways they think about the same events, information, facts, politics, society, and the world. The figures would then seem to show that Democrats and Republicans are different species.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we really need is someone who is a uniter/ not a divider....

9/12/2005 2:55 PM  
Anonymous tamborineman said...

Love your humor and the analysis!

9/30/2005 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said it. With a chuckle. They are different species.

10/04/2005 7:47 PM  
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