I know that I said I was done blogging for the day but this deserves a quick post. NBC and the Wall Street Journal recently ran a poll which turned up the usual heinous picture for Republicans. Sweet music no matter how many times I hear it, but something in their internals caught my eye:
Also rather problematic for Republicans: Foley is recognized by a remarkable 83% of the electorate; 69% view him negatively. House Majority Leader John Boehner and former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl are scheduled to testify before the Ethics Committee today about their knowledge of Foley’s inappropriate behavior toward pages.
Let me get this straight. Assuming that everybody who hasn’t heard of Foley views him positively out of some general sense of charity, that leaves fourteen percent of people who are aware of the scandal and who apparently view a serial child predator in a positive light. That seems somehow improbable, so feel free to correct me in the comments.
If accurate this underlines one of the quirks of the polling science that has always stumped me. Knowledgable folk often say that veneral disease would poll in the low tens. In that case I guess the idea is that it keeps people from having sex so when it isn’t rotting one’s own insides maybe the clap is a good thing. But in general no matter how heinous something is you can apparently find a significant number of people who support it.
Now consider that approval of the Republican Congress has sunk to sixteen percent. How bad is that? Only three more points and Congress will poll worse than Mark Foley and, if rumors hold up, smallpox.