Saturday, November 06, 2004

evangelical christians, or lack there of

I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing that the christian right swayed the elections. And so i was happy to read this from Andrew Coyne:

True, it found the largest single block of voters identified "moral values" as the "most important election issue" -- a much cited factoid -- and that 80% of these respondents voted for Bush. But that hardly makes this election a triumph of theocracy. In the first place, "largest single block" turns out to mean 22%, meaning 78% of voters -- including two-thirds of Bush voters -- named some other issue. Second, the pollsters only managed to elevated "moral values" to number one by dividing up the other issues into subcategories. Thus "Iraq" and "Terrorism" are treated as separate issues, though grouped together as, say, "national security" they would have claimed the top spot, with 34% of the total. Likewise "taxes" and "economy" were named by a combined 25% of voters. Had "moral values" been split into "abortion" and "gay marriage," the spin would have been rather different.

Read the whole thing, and thanks to clara for the pointer.

1 comment:

Damian - said...

Very interesting. Goes to show how the design of a poll, particularly the wording, can influence the results. Kind of like the world's smallest political quiz (http://www.self-gov.org/quiz.html), which some people say is geared to make people score more "libertarian" than they really are.