This Week In Depressing Polls

When there aren't elections going on, the only thing pollsters can poll is "how fucking nuts is everyone, anyway?" Hey, look, a new Birthers poll!

According to Public Policy Polling, 24% of Americans think President Obama was not born in the United States. That's not counting those who are unsure (14% of Americans).

But only 7% of Americans think Obama was born in Kenya! The rest are just inventing their own personal crazy stories made up of words they've heard on the radio, or something. "10% of the country thinks that he was born in Indonesia," where the President did at least live for a time, as a child. But: 1% think he was born in the Philippines! That one defies explanation.

And, of course, "6% of poll respondents think that Hawaii is not part of the country and 4% are unsure."

(Fun fact about poll respondents who don't believe Obama was born in the US: 86% of them are white!)

Bipartisanship

29% of Americans blame GOP leaders for the failure of the parties to work together, according to Pew. 17% blame Obama, up from 7% in February. You make of that what you will, but to us it suggests that blaming the other guys for the death of bipartisanship is a winner for both sides, but not actually bothering to engage in bipartisanship is hardly a loser for Republicans.

Health Care

Oh, hey, check it out, another one of those polls that says Americans don't like a Democratic proposal but when you describe it without distortions they like it, suddenly.

Also, while just 36 percent believe Obama's efforts to reform the health system are a good idea, that number increases to 53 percent when respondents were read a paragraph describing Obama's plans.

Right. So. The next time you see any poll cited that says Americans are against health care reform, please keep in mind that they are against "mass euthanasia of the elderly and imaginary Medicare cuts," not actually "the health care reform plans of Congressional Democrats."

But, you know, once again, lying and making shit up: it works!