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Why Obama Will Win

September 12, 2012

Why Obama Will Win

(The following was taken from an editorial that appeared the Las Vegas Review-Journal on September 9, 2012. The author is Glenn Cook.)

The Pew Research Center recently conducted the following poll/quiz re: current issues related to the upcoming election. Without looking at the answers, see if you are smarter than the average respondent.


1. Which presidential candidate is pro-life, that is, supports restricting access to abortion in most cases?
2. Which presidential candidate supports allowing many illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country? 
3. Which presidential candidate opposes allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?
4. Which presidential candidate supports raising taxes on income over $250,000?
5. Mitt Romney was the governor of which state?
6. Mitt Romney was the CEO of which company?
7. Who is the current Vice President of the United States?
8. The Republican Party currently has a majority of seats in: 
9. Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?
10. What state did Barack Obama represent in the United States Senate, before he became President?
11. What does the term “super PAC” refer to?

This version of the poll/quiz is a bit harder than it was for the 1010 adults who took the test between July 26 and July 29; their test was multiple-choice meaning they had a pretty good chance of guessing the correct answer. 

Ready for the depressing results? 

Only 13 percent of the participants answered every question correctly; 44 percent got six or fewer questions right; and 3 percent got EVERY question wrong…even though they had a 25 percent chance of guessing correctly!!

Fifteen percent (or 150 people) didn’t know Joe Biden was the VP, including 5 percent who identified themselves as college graduates. Thirty-two percent didn’t know Obama wants to raise taxes on incomes over $250k while 60 PERCENT WERE UNAWARE that Republicans control the House–including 47 percent of college graduates. The breakdown along party lines? Republicans scored an average 7.8; Democrats scored 6.9 and Independents averaged 7.3.

Glenn Cook commented, “The worst news from [this quiz is] these were adults, many of them parents. If they don’t know John Roberts from a hole in the ground, do you think their kids do? Good lord, most college graduates can’t even pass basic civics test.” 


Note: the original quiz considered “Obama” to be the correct answer to Question 2. The more correct response is “both.” In late June, Romney released his immigration reform plan which states: “young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the chance to become permanent residents…”

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