Yes We Can!

I wrote last week about how I see the behavior of voters in light of our media saturation environment. Today I saw a video, which many of you have no doubt seen before, that really highlights some of what I was talking about. You have to slog through the first minute or two as the interviewer is determined to ask each of the 12 respondents every single question. The second half is gold.

I went to the website, HowObamaGotElected.com, and found a great clip from Hannity & Colmes. Also at the site are the links to the saga of the Zogby poll, which is where this really gets interesting.

First, here are the poll results:

Zogby Poll

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet…..

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

Reading the saga of Zogby is fascinating. Politico reports that Zogby stated "in a telephone interview that the volume of reaction was in the top 10 percent he had received to his 24 years of polling."  They were accused of push polling and even hiring actors.

I’m only dredging this up again because it does so bother me how Zogby and the original documentarian, Ziegler, are being criticized for not conducting the same poll regarding McCain voters. I ask you, what difference would that make? More importantly, one would suspect similar answers. The premise was not that McCain voters are more informed, but rather that the media controlled the message. I guarantee you I could come up with 12 McCain voters who would have been equally out of the loop on a host of issues. Hey, I know McCain voters that out of the loop.

The whole problem is one of the media controlling the message, and the Democrats controlling the media. I’ve said many times at RedState we can break this stranglehold. I sometimes feel like I’m wasting my breath, as often I find people more interested in complaining than doing the dirty work. I won’t rehash the hundred different discussions we’ve had here, but suffice it to say that I believe Republicans can control the presentation and message better, we just often don’t.

In any case, the video is well worth watching. You have to know where we are before you can figure out where we can go.