Steve Benen Demolishes “Irresponsible,” “Worthless,” “Useless” “Worst Presidents” Poll

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    Steve Benen says it better than I can.

    Quinnipiac has a poll that seems custom-made to generate chatter in the political world, but the closer one looks, the more it seems the results offer more heat than light.

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    Details like these matter: “Pollsters have been asking some variant of this question for over 15 years, and the person occupying the Oval Office at the time the question is asked always finishes at or near the top of the ‘worst president’ rankings…In 1998, ABC News asked respondents which president had done the worst job in their lifetimes. Clinton and Reagan finished at a near tie for second, behind (you guessed it) Richard Nixon.”

    I’m not sure which is more irresponsible: Quinnipiac, for putting such a pointless survey in the field, or media professionals who are pretending the results are important.

    I vote for “media professionals who are pretending the results are important.” How about you?

    • linda b

      where people are actually voting to take away the rights in this country…

    • Dan Sullivan

      Oxymoron?

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Since the majority of Americans, when quizzed on their knowledge of even the most basic facts about their history, have been shown to be historically illiterate, any poll that asks them to make judgments based upon recent history is bound to be a joke. There must be a better way to waste money than to spend it on polls like this.