In an interesting reflection on polling, the PPP polling organization asked for opinions on the “Panetta-Burns deficit reduction proposal”, which does not exist. Nevertheless 25% of Americans polled expressed an opinion, with a 2-1 margin opposed. I wonder if there would be more support for a plausibly-named imaginary proposal in a happier country.
49% of Republicans also assented to the proposition that “ACORN stole the election for Obama”, which PPP reported as “a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.”
I have always suspected that many Republicans respond to polls (including actual elections) with the response that they consider most likely to irritate liberals, regardless of their actual beliefs. I think support for creationism is inflated in this way. This poll appears to support this belief. In short, perhaps we have a large segment of the population with a troll ethic, that is being mistaken for ignorant.