This Poll Question Makes Me Want To Punch Someone

As has been noted below, the post-DNC bounce for Obama appears to be, well, landing with a thud. The latest Washington Post poll shows the two candidates neck and neck again. But check out one of the idiotic questions that was asked. Don’t even worry about the answer, just note the question:

Who would you rather take care of you when you are sick? Obama 49%, Romney 33% in new WaPo-ABC poll.

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  1. ConservativeWanderer

    Romney.

    Obama would likely tell me that Ricochet is the cause of all my health problems and require me to pay an extra tax.

  2. dash

    Dinesh D’Souza 95% 

  3. DutchTex

    Uh, neither?  That’s what my doctor’s for, if he’s allowed to.

  4. DrewInWisconsin

    I don’t know if this sort of question was common prior to the 90s, but they certainly began showing up in earnest during the Clinton years. Seemed like almost every poll back then had a question about which candidate was the most “caring.”

    It’s a bit of a trap, because if you respond like I often did, that it’s not an elected official’s job to “care” for me, that makes it sound like I want a candidate who (or that the candidate I favor) is “uncaring.”

    In fact, I’d rather that the government leave the “caring” up to family and other loved ones.

    These poll questions need to be called out for their attempt at emotional manipulation (so I thank you for doing exactly that). 

  5. katievs

    It’s an insane question.

  6. DrewInWisconsin
    ConservativeWanderer: Romney.

    Obama would likely tell me that Ricochet is the cause of all my health problems and require me to pay an extra tax.

    Obama would deny you the procedure and tell you to just take the pill.

  7. Midwestern Gal

    How would Abraham Lincoln  have done in that poll?  FDR?  Harry Truman?  Silly season, indeed.  

  8. Justine Olawsky

    Hmm . . . I was not aware that either candidate is a doctor or a pastor or my mommy — which would be the only people I want around me when I’m sick.

    Isn’t Mitt Romney the one, by the way, who actually visits and helps sick people in his spare time as a private citizen using his own resources?  Or is that so 19th Century of me to applaud that?

  9. ConservativeWanderer
    DrewInWisconsin

    ConservativeWanderer: Romney.

    Obama would likely tell me that Ricochet is the cause of all my health problems and require me to pay an extra tax.

    Obama would deny you the procedure and tell you to just take the pill. · 0 minutes ago

    And the pill in question would still be awaiting FDA approval.

  10. RightinChicago

    There are plenty of Bolshevik teachers on strike here in Chicago.  Please come and punch some of them in the face.

    strikers.jpg

    Here you go.  Pick one of these lunch-boxes and swing away.

  11. Dave Carter
    C

    It’s a natural question for proponents of the nanny state to ask. That’s the problem!

  12. DrewInWisconsin
    Justine Olawsky:

    Isn’t Mitt Romney the one, by the way, who actually visits and helps sick people in his spare time as a private citizen using his own resources?  Or is that so 19th Century of me to applaud that?

    Indeed! This poll might be a good reminder that Mitt Romney is the one with actual track record of caring for people. Whereas the President . . . well, let’s just ask his brother George about that.

  13. genferei

    Tell me again why journalism is a profession?

  14. Give Me Liberty

    This is taking touchy-feely politics to the absurd.  Who would you rather hold your hand? Stroke your head?

  15. Lucy Pevensie

    OK, I agree.  Stupid question.  But the answer would not have been so skewed in favor of Obama if Americans had heard from all those people who spoke at the Republican convention about how Romney helped take care of their families personally.  That stuff all happened in an echo chamber, before prime time.  I hope the Romney campaign can take some of that material and turn it into ads to get the message out.

  16. Trace

    It’s kind of a great meme though… what other questions might they ask:

    Who would you rather have sing at your wedding? Why Obama of course.

    Who would you rather have on your basketball team? Obama!

    Whose March Madness picks do you trust more? Obama, hands down.

  17. bagodonuts

    Tuck me in? Read me a bedtime story?

  18. DrewInWisconsin
    Trace Urdan: It’s kind of a great meme though… what other questions might they ask:

    Who would you rather have sing at your wedding? Why Obama of course.

    Who would you rather have on your basketball team?Obama!

    Whose March Madness picks do you trust more?Obama, hands down. · 0 minutes ago

    I detect the beginnings of a new Twitter Mocking.

  19. Deacon Blues

    Both choices strike me as pretty creepy, to be honest about it.

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