View Full Version : Poll: Many voters clueless about 2012

01-14-2012, 04:00 PM

That Massachusetts is where Mitt Romney was once governor or that the next primary is in South Carolina are some of the basic facts about the Republican candidates and the presidential race that many voters are unaware of, according to a new poll.

Just over half of those surveyed, 53 percent, correctly answered Massachusetts when asked where Romney served as governor, according to a Pew Research Center poll. And only 45 percent of voters were able to identify South Carolina as the state where the next primary will be held, while just 44 percent identified Ron Paul as the GOP hopeful who opposes U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

Sixty-nine percent of voters gave the correct answer of Newt Gingrich when asked which GOP 2012 candidate once served as House speaker, the survey found.

A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats answered each of the above questions correctly. All in all, 43 percent of voters gave correct answers to at least three of the four questions, or 48 percent of Republicans and 41 percent of Democrats.

Among registered voters, men were far more likely than women to know the answers to at least three of the questions, 56 percent to 32 percent.

And among Republican and Republican-leaning voters, tea partiers proved to be far more knowledgeable about the GOP candidates and the 2012 race than GOP voters who disagree or have no opinion of the conservative movement 73 percent of tea party voters correctly answered at least three of the questions in the survey, compared with just 31 percent of non-tea party GOP voters.

01-14-2012, 04:20 PM
Doesn't really surpirse me.

01-14-2012, 09:30 PM
you could replace the year with anything. every presidential election they talk to people who are on their way to vote or who have already voted and a sad number can't even tell you who the vice presidential candidates are.

01-15-2012, 01:44 PM
Not exactly something new. Back in 2008 a guy went around asking Obama supporters what they thought about his position on different issues. Most had no idea what his position on anything was.

Look up the YouTube video "Obama's clueless supporters". I think it is filmed as people enter/leave the polls in 2008. They have no idea who controls Congress at the time, no idea who Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid are (they knew all about Sarah Palin tho LOL)...there is so much more. Just watch it. It is kind of funny but at the same time it is sad just how little people know about who they are voting for. The same applies to this article.

EDIT: I had to laugh. One guy who appears to be the most clueless said he gets his info from Bill Maher...

01-15-2012, 02:14 PM
I find most voters (in either country) actually know more about the opponent of who they're supporting than the person they're supporting.
It's not that surprising. Human nature is to go against what you disagree with. In the US moreso than Canada (since we have multiple parties) that means you end up voting for the person you know least about.
In the best possible situation you end up voting for the lesser of two (or several in Canada) evils, so it makes sense you'd vote for the one you know least about, since there isn't a politician out there with more upside than downside.

01-16-2012, 05:44 AM
I for one am not clueless about 2012. I understand it perfectly, it begins January 1st ends December 31st and in between are 364 days of my wife reminding me how wrong I am.....

01-16-2012, 08:47 AM
I for one am not clueless about 2012. I understand it perfectly, it begins January 1st ends December 31st and in between are 364 days of my wife reminding me how wrong I am.....

Lol. I hope you don't get voted out of office this year!