Someone posted the corporate media's poll results, which continue to indicate approval above 50% for pretzel-eating dweeb GW bush. Since I couldn't believe people would really be that ignorant, and since certain irregularities in recent polls have disturbed me, I decided to conduct my own, very scientific, poll.
I took a lesson from Gallup and the corporate media. I chose a completely random sample of all my friends and the people in my household, and asked the following questions:
1. Do you think George Bush is an idiot? (Yes: 100% No: 0%)
2. Should George Bush be in charge of running the world? (Yes: 0% No: 100%)
3. Did bush steal the election? (Yes: 100% No: 0%)
4. Are you better off now than you were four years ago? (Yes: 0% No:99% "If you mean better because of him, no, if you mean in general then yes": 1%)
5. Do you approve of the job George Bush has done so far as "president"? (Yes: 0% No: 100%)
6. Do you think bush (a)earned or (b)bought his way into the whitehouse? (a: 0% b: 100%)
7. Who do you think is really in charge? (No one: 14% "I am": 2% Cheney: 45% Don't Know: 15% The People: 24%)
8. Do you think Cheney has his hand up his little Bush-puppet's butt? (Yes: 50% No: 2% "Ew, Gross":48%)
9. Do you think the "war on terror" is really about making the world safe
for Americans? (Yes: 0% No:100%)
If not, what's it about? ("Bush getting his oil": 10% "oil": 60% Controlling The People: 30%)
10. Who really took out the world trade center? (Bush: 41% CIA: 89% The US: 14%)(Some respondents gave more than one answer for this question.)
Although not everyone has responded at this time, all those who have responded are reflected in the figures in parentheses above.
The point, of course, is that polls can say anything we want them to say. We can ask leading questions, we can ask only "targeted groups," we can make them up entirely. One may criticize the many lapses of objectivity in the above poll -- I asked only people with whom I have something in common, I asked leading questions, I didn't give information about how many people I asked or how many of those people actually responded. All of these would be valid points, even if he reeally IS an idiot. (And he is.) But not enough people are asking these questions about the polls that cross corporate screens and newspapers every day, trying to buttress support for bush and his insane policies.
Is anyone even following the story about the disappearing exit poll data in the last election? Does anyone remember that? Exit poll data mysteriously disappeared from every precinct in the country, never to be recovered. Subsequently, Republicans swept into offices that had been predicted to go to Democrats. Hmmmm. Is there a connection? Why didn't the media follow this story? Why did they let it just disappear like that?
I have repeatedly said that reality isn't nearly as important as the stories people tell about reality. The person who controls the stories we tell controls our minds, and therefore controls the world. Polls are one way of telling a story about our society. You think bushCo hasn't figured that out? Think again. And next time you see a poll telling you how all your neighbors think bush is great and war is great and dissent is unamerican, ask some questions about it.