Santorum Wins Men, Women, Conservatives and ... the Wealthy?
Quinnipac releases the results of its latest poll:
The Republican presidential face-off in Ohio is too close to call as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has 35 percent of likely Republican primary voters to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 31 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
This is down from a 36-29 lead several days ago. Gingrich has 17 percent and Paul has 12 percent. And more than a third of those surveyed said their vote could still change. Other interesting details:
Santorum leads Romney 34 – 28 percent among men and 37 – 33 percent among women, 40 – 27 percent among self-described conservatives and 42 – 25 percent among Tea Party members. Romney leads Santorum 46 – 26 percent among self-described moderates.
Jim Geraghty at The Corner notes another fun thing about the survey of likely GOP primary voters:
Another fascinating wrinkle: working-class populist Rick Santorum is winning among those making more than $100,000 per year, 42 percent to 33 percent for Romney.
Meanwhile, among those making $30,000 per year or less… Romney narrowly leads Santorum, 33 percent to 32 percent.
Sitting here one day after Breitbart's death, I'm thinking about something Matt Welch told about Breitbart years ago:
"Every day I wake up in the battle about media bias," [Breitbart] says. "The best analogy I can give to you is this: Have you ever gone to like the Santa Monica Pier, and seen one of those holograms on the wall, and you're supposed to stare at it for a while, and there's supposed to be, like, a magical castle in it? Well you look and you look and you can't see that castle and you can't see that castle, but eventually your eyes focus in such a way that the castle comes up. And then you can't not see the castle. That's how media bias comes to you from the conservative angle."
That quote has stayed with me. And as a media critic, you could say I'm staring at that hologram full time now. But even little things like this poll result ... the media have told us that Rick Santorum has no appeal to the wealthy and that Mitt Romney's only appeal is to the wealthy. They go to war with the narrative that they want, not the reality that they are charged with reporting. It's just another reminder to be on guard whenever you read or watch, well, anything.