Monday, May 25, 2009

Answer: no, you can't tell the platforms apart

Even among highly informed voters, the 2006 Republican platform is seen as more closely aligned to current Democratic beliefs than is the draft 2008 platform.

Thanks in part to some good progressives highlighting the post, I've had a fair number of visitors to my little quiz widget entitled "Can you tell the platforms apart?" Forty-four people have taken the quiz to be exact. And the answer to the title of that post seems to be, nobody can.

[Update: The original poll is below the line, preserved for honesty's sake. Suffice it to say that I am reeeeaaalllllly bad at math, and I somehow got it into my head that 7 / 2 = 4.5 Of course, it's 3.5

In updated numbers, the mean score after 79 respondents is 3.96, or just under 4 out of 7. Better than 3.5, but still not much to write home about. The number of respondents who got 6 or 7 right out of 7 remains in single digits.]

Forty-four people took this quiz, the lion's share driven to it from other progressive blogs. We're looking at a sample that is much more politically informed than the average voter. Of those 44, the mean score (out of 7) for this quiz is... 4.27. Lower than half. Of course, this means that if all 44 people took this quiz by randomly guessing, the mean score would almost definitely be higher.

Even in this very informed sample, odds of telling the platforms apart improve if you don't actually read them. This process started with the state party chair declaring that Democrats don't really read the party platform; it may end with no Democrat wanting to read it.

Score# quiz-takers
7 of 71
6 of 75
5 of 716
4 of 710
3 of 78
2 of 73
1 of 71
0 of 70

This is just nauseating.

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