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    Re: How bad is this?

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    Sep 2009

    Re: How bad is this?

    Apparently, it's not that bad...
    7) The gaffes don’t matter. Everyone interested in elections should read this post from John Sides at The Monkey Cage. It makes an important point: Though gaffes set political analysts scurrying to their keyboards, they tend not to affect the average voter.

    We see this with the now-infamous “47 percent” comment. Gallup described the statement and asked how it would affect respondents’ votes. Twenty percent said it would make them more likely to vote for Romney, 36 percent said less likely, and 43 percent said it would make no difference.

    Drilling down to self-described Independents, 15 percent said it would make them more likely to support Romney, 29 percent less likely, and 53 percent said it would make no difference. You can try to sex that up (as Gallup did) to read that Independents say it makes them less likely to vote for Romney by a 2-1 margin, but you could just as easily say that three-quarters of independents say the gaffe makes no difference or helps Romney.
    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin


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