Monday, April 9, 2007

The Statistics of Ignorance

Well, here's a link to some scary stuff. Note in particular the USA Today/Gallup poll that gives a "generally well-qualified person for president" paired with a completely superficial attribute (race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.) and asks if you would vote for that person. It's a freaking setup! When was the last time we even had a "generally well-qualified person" running for president? But man, did people answer.

Apparently America would rather have a homosexual president than an atheist one. I hope the Daily Show picks up on this poll. I would really like to find it funny rather than just sad. Whatever happened to deciding an election based on a candidate's position on issues anyway?

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