Ziegler took upon himself a challenge that the misguided critics on the Left – who (all too predictably) attacked the questioners rather than deal with the substance of the findings – would not do. He commissioned a second poll with even more telling results (H/T Granite Grok):
Here are just some of the â€œhighlightsâ€ of the Wilson Research Strategies poll of 1,000 voters whose demographic breakdown was an exact replica of the total voting population and whose results totally vindicate the controversial Zogby poll:
* 35 % of McCain voters got 10 or more of 13 multiple choice questions correct.
* 18% of Obama voters got 10 or more of 13 questions correct.
* McCain voters knew which party controls congress by a 63-27 margin.
Obama voters got the â€œcongressional controlâ€ question wrong by 43-41.
* Those that got â€œcongressional controlâ€ correct voted 56-43 for McCain.
* Those that got â€œcongressional controlâ€ wrong voted 65-35 for Obama.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to FOX News got â€œcongressional controlâ€ correct 64-25 (+39)
* Those â€˜exposedâ€ to CNN got â€œCongressional controlâ€ correct 48-38 (+10)
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to network news got â€œCongressional controlâ€ correct 48-39 (+9)
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to print media got â€œCongressional controlâ€ correct 52-37 (+15)
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to MSNBC got â€œCongressional controlâ€ correct 55-35 (+20)
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to talk radio got â€œCongressional controlâ€ correct 61-29 (+32)
* Voters in the South had the best response rate on â€œCongressional controlâ€ (+22)
* Voters in the Northeast had the worst response rate on â€œCongressional controlâ€ (+9)
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to FOX News voted 70-29 for McCain.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to CNN voted 63-37 for Obama.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to MSNBC voted 73-26 for Obama.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to network newscasts voted 62-37 for Obama.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to national newspapers voted 64-36 for Obama
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to talk radio voted 61-38 for McCain.
* Those that could associate Bill Ayersâ€™ name/story with Obama voted 52-48 for McCain.
* Those that knew Obama had made negative comments about â€œcoal power plantsâ€ voted 76-24 for McCain.
* Those that knew Obama had his opponents knocked off the ballot in his first campaign voted 66-34 for McCain.
* McCain voters did poorly (only 42% correct) on the Keating question and, in general, the voters did universally worse on questions where the negative information was about their candidate.
* Women under 55 did worse than they might have by guessing on four of the thirteen questions yet 95% of them knew that Palin was the candidate with a pregnant teenage daughter. â€” Even 95% of those in this demographic group who didnâ€™t know â€œCongressional controlâ€ got this question correct.
* Those â€œexposedâ€ to MSNBC scored 90% correct on the three Palin questions (including an incredible 98% on the pregnant teenage daughter question), while those not exposed to MSNBC averaged 84% correct on those three questions.
Are many of these results terribly surprising? No. This isn’t to say that an information deficit was the primary cause of John McCain’s defeat, but it’s hard to deny as a real factor. All the more reason for Republicans to champion real education reform, and to hope that Barack Obama himself is up to the challenge.