New Twists On "Who Would You Rather Have a Beer With?"
by Chris Bowers, Fri Mar 30, 2007 at 10:50:56 AM EDT
Well, the latest Time poll, which I blogged about last night, included some rather odd questions that offer a new spin on the "who would you rather have a beer with," adage. Looking deep into the internals, (pages 12 and 13 of this pdf), check out this insanity:
Q21. Which of the presidential candidates would...This is the sort of poll that can tell us a lot more about our culture, and about the national view of presidential candidates, than virtually any trial heat or benchmark poll could muster. Notice, for example, that Obama is viewed as a good dancer, but not as someone people want to babysit their children. Tell me there isn't cultural stereotyping and latent racism in that. Note also how people want Edwards to babysit their children, but not be their school principal. Do people view him as nurturing, but not tough? Clinton also trounces the field in the babysitter category--again, tell me no cultural stereotyping is taking place. Also, Clinton leads all of these personable categories, which might go a long way toward explaining why she leads in primary trial heats. People tend to vote more on personal qualities, identity perceptions and party self-identification than they do on policy positions, after all. This stuff is very important, even if it is nebulous and difficult to pin down.
A) Make the best high school principal?
Other / Unsure: 19%
B) Be the best contestant on dancing with the stars:
Other / Unsure: 31%
C) You trust the most to babysit your children or children you know:
Other / Unsure: 28%
I wouldn't mind seeing more polling along these lines. I would also like to know what 3% of the population would like to leave their children with Gingrich. That is a truly horrifying proposition.