More than once this blog has highlighted poll results about which I can only shake my head in wonderment. A majority of Mississippi Republican voters think Obama is a Muslim and nearly half think Evolution isn’t true.
I may wonder, but a professional pollster explains these unusual results rather simply:
“The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid,” said Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm. “I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a poll that are inherently contradictory that at least once a week.”
In an article at Politico.com, Jensen uses this to explain, for example, why the same Americans who like the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), hate the Act itself. Jensen said:
I also think voters are showing a tendency to turn issues that should be factual or non-factual into opinions.