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  •  the point though (2+ / 0-)
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    DMentalist, elwior

    was that Obama led Romney in all categories but the deficit (Romney by 3%) in that poll (and the deficit isn't the highest concern of voters now if I remember that correctly ....), but he only leads overall by 3% in the same poll.  In some of the other items where Obama was preferred, like foreign policy, it was something on the order of 10-15%!  None were less than about 5% favoring Obama.  So how to you get those numbers and have only 3% advantage to Obama as to for whom they plan to vote?

    "Mitt Romney has more positions than the Kama Sutra." -- me "Social justice is love, made public." -- Cornel West

    by billlaurelMD on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 10:15:33 AM PDT

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    •  Since it's only a 3 point advantage I wonder.... (2+ / 0-)
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      hungrycoyote, elwior

         ...If when people are polled on these questions, they think:

       "Well, Geez, I've given higher marks to Obama on EVERYTHING....I really ought to give the other guy SOMETHING.  Deficit?  OK, sure, why not?"
          Sort of like an elementary school teacher writing a report card:
      "F in Math, F in Reading, F in Science, F in History...Gotta put something positive in there...How about an A in Citizenship (whatever that means)?  Let the poor kid have at least a shred of self-esteem and dignity..."
          Although with only a 3 point advantage, that's not really like getting an A.  More like a C-Minus.
    •  For the same reason that many more Americans (2+ / 0-)
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      call themselves conservative vs. liberal compared to the number who claim to prefer specific conservative vs. liberal policies on issues such as Social Security or public education. People tend to give one opinion in the abstract ("Yeah, I guess I'd call myself conservative") and another often contradictory opinion on specifics ("But I do like my Social Security!"). It's quite baffling.

      I think that there's a significant group of people who can't tell their asses from their noses and give correspondingly perplexing responses, and that they skew the polls in these ways. It's one thing for a base Repub voter to side with Romney on the deficit since they're going to vote for him and other Repubs anyway. They may be wrong on his deficit policy, but at least their wrongness is consistent. But it's another thing for an Obama leaner to prefer Romney on the deficit.

      These are not people who give a lot of thought to the details. But in their gut, they sense that Obama's the better candidate.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 11:46:23 AM PDT

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