“The Bell Curve” was a 1994 book by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray that discussed the statistical findings about intelligence within different groups of the human population. The book proposed among other things that future society would be divided, not by race, but by intelligence. One might argue that it is good for smart people to run things, but if the recent elections in the US are any indication, it is the lower half of the bell curve who will be running things.
During the run up to the recent presidential elections in the US and since I’ve tried to figure out just what Obama Supporters were thinking about as they decided to support the most radical left wing and perhaps least qualified candidate ever. Apparently, the answer is that they just weren’t thinking. John Ziegler interview a dozen Obama voters "chosen for their apparent intelligence/verbal abilities and willingness to express their opinions to a large audience", and found that they incredibly ignorant about their own candidates (view the video here). Ziegler followed up the interviews by commissioning a poll of Obama voters and conducted by the Zogby polling company that confirmed the interview and what we’ve suspected for some time, liberals (at least their “useful idiot” supporters) just aren’t very good at thinking. The Poll showed that Obama supporters in general knew next to nothing about their candidates, but new all the supposed dirt on Sarah Palin.
Of course, much of this may be due to the conventional media’s outright support for Obama and its refusal to publish anything bad about him. One might think that people would stop listening to the left wing news after so many examples of outright lies, but then you can’t really expect much else from people who admit getting their news from late night comedy shows.
Some of the results of the poll are as follows:
512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points
97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates
Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions
57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
71.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).
Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes
Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her "house," even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!*
Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.
Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we "gave" one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)
Source (Full results of the poll here)
* Palin's actual statement was that "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." A competely true statement, but the left tried to paint Palin as a simpleton for this true statement, when Obama didn't even know how many states there were in the country he wanted to lead.
One of the interesting things is that despite the answers all being multiple choice, the respondents often couldn’t even match the percentages that one would expect if they were just guessing. This is not surprising given the left's almost total abandonment of common sense (check out Evan Sayet’s great discussion on this topic). The fact is that these people choose to be ignorant and cast their votes accordingly.
Needless to say the left is furious. First they said the interviews were invalid because there were not enough people (no one disagreed), unfortunately the scientific poll had already been conducted. When that verified the initial interviews, they tried attacking the poll as biased, and then because they didn’t do a poll of McCain voters. Naturally, the news media, which never fails to mention a favorable poll on the left, were silent on this one.