Radio talk host John Ziegler's documentary of Obama voters is making waves. He interviewed a dozen voters as they left the polls on election day, asking tough questions like which party controls congress. It turns out that they were well briefed on viewing Sarah Palin as a moron, but knew little else. The documentary was made in conjunction with a Zogby poll that Ziegler commissioned.
The results of a new survey published Tuesday showed that just 2 percent of voters who supported Barack Obama obtained perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential tickets during the campaign.
Ziegler's point is that, as a result of media bias, voters knew a great deal about things like the pregnancy of Bristol Palin, but virtually nothing about the positions, or statements, of Barack Obama.
The survey, conducted by Zogby International for John Ziegler, author of The Death of Free Speech, producer of the recently released film "Blocking the Path to 9/11" and producer of the upcoming documentary film, Media Malpractice, "found questions regarding statements linked to Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his vice-presidential running-mate Sarah Palin were far more likely to be answered correctly by Obama voters than questions about statements associated with Obama and Vice-President–Elect Joe Biden," Zogby reported.
Voters did well on McCain/Palin questions.
Nearly three of four voters polled could identify the negative aspects of the McCain-Palin campaign, but few could identify any negative issues associated with Obama-Biden, the survey found.
An enjoyable sidelight to the controversy is that pollster John Zogby is taking heat for having conducted the survey, with Democrats accusing him of having done a push poll. Zogby responds.
"We stand by the results our survey work on behalf of John Ziegler, as we stand by all of our work. We reject the notion that this was a push poll because it very simply wasn't. It was a legitimate effort to test the knowledge of voters who cast ballots for Barack Obama in the Nov. 4 election. Push polls are a malicious effort to sway public opinion one way or the other, while message and knowledge testing is quite another effort of public opinion research that is legitimate inquiry and has value in the public square. In this case, the respondents were given a full range of responses and were not pressured or influenced to respond in one way or another. This poll was not designed to hurt anyone, which is obvious as it was conducted after the election. The client is free to draw his own conclusions about the research, as are bloggers and other members of society. But Zogby International is a neutral party in this matter. We were hired to test public opinion on a particular subject and with no ax to grind, that's exactly what we did. We don't have to agree or disagree with the questions, we simply ask them and provide the client with a fair and accurate set of data reflecting public opinion." - John Zogby