just procrastinating

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Personality Contest
Why the election really is a personality contest--people certainly aren't all that well informed on the issues:
"Polling conducted from September 21 through 26 among 1,189 adults showed 64 percent of respondents were able to correctly identify George W. Bush, rather than John Kerry, as favoring laws making it more difficult for a woman to get an abortion. Sixty percent recognized that Bush, not Kerry, favors making the recent tax cuts permanent. But only 33 percent knew that Bush (and not Kerry) favors eliminating the estate tax; 23 percent of respondents incorrectly said that it was Kerry who favors eliminating the estate tax. When asked to name which presidential candidates favor a given policy position, respondents named the correct candidate a little more than half of the time."
This is why Kerry is at such a huge disadvantage. He has a lifetime of experience being who he is, and all the preparation in the world isn't going to make him any more likeable.

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