‘laughably bogus’

Adam Serwer (Washington Post): Republicans are touting yet another poll that purports to predict the end of the Jewish allegiance to the Democratic Party. Citing a new poll by John McLaughlin and Pat Caddell they have convinced themselves that this time, Obama really is in trouble among Jewish voters.

…. the poll is laughably bogus. Not only does their sample skew conservative, (only 64 percent of respondents voted for Obama, as opposed to the 77 percent of Jewish votes he actually got) but many questions are phrased in as leading a manner as possible. Indeed, given the wording of the questions, it’s actually surprising that 63 percent of respondents overall approved of Obama.

Here’s their phrasing for a question on Obama’s policy on Israel:

Considering what President Obama has proposed for Israel just over a year before his 2012 re-election campaign – a return to the 1967 borders, dividing Jerusalem, and allowing the right of return for Palestinian Arabs to Israel – how concerned would you be about President Obama’s policies towards Israel if he were re-elected and did not have to worry about another election?

….. Again: Obama hasn’t proposed “a return to the 1967 borders”…

What’s surprising is that only 67 percent of Jewish voters in the poll said they were concerned about Obama’s policy towards Israel should he be reelected – this, even though M&C invented out of thin air the idea that Obama supports a “right of return” for Palestinian Arabs … this question seems to have been designed to elicit panic about Obama among the poll’s staunchly pro-Israel respondents, but even that wasn’t enough to do it.

The phrasing in this poll is comically skewed …. As always, the game is to perpetuate the sad conservative meme that this time, really this time, American Jews are going to abandon their liberalism and vote Republican because Obama is a huge anti-Semite. The only thing this poll reveals is how badly some want to keep this storyline going.

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7 Responses to “‘laughably bogus’”

  1. July 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    they’re always trying to divide us.. folks out there need to give up this tactic.. WE support President Obama- his base is black, jewish, white, female, male, old, young glbt, hetro, NA, Hispanic, poor, middle class, rich, educated, uneducated.. we come in every kind of American far as I can tell.

  2. 2 COS
    July 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    They have alienated and denograted every other ethnic group. They probably think they have a chance to win over the Jewish voters. They never quit with their lies.

  3. 3 lisalovesobama
    July 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I like the drawing/sketch that goes with this post.

  4. 4 utaustinliberal
    July 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    YAWN. The President has all sorts of bases: Black, White, Hispanic, LGBT, Women, Old, Young, Jewish and all in between. Sorry rightwingers you failed AGAIN this time. Cue the next faux outrage.

  5. 5 majii
    July 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Don’t want to talk about the debt limit and deficit reduction If you’re a spineless republican in Congress?

    Just hold up another shiny object to distract the weak-minded from the fact that PBO has cleaned your clocks, and you have nothing to say except NO, NO, and NO.

  6. July 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    How many bogus polls and lying through their teeth memes will they bombard us with.? Yes, WE are on to you…and ready to deal with you! Power to the people!

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