More Popular Than Jesus

Friday, December 02, 2011


Pollster lingo for a politician’s popularity rating at any given moment is favorability. Voters are asked: do you like your public official right now? And at this moment the answer is an unqualified 'no'. Brooke talks to pollster Tom Jensen, who recently embarked on a quest to figure out who exactly Americans are still able to agree that they do like.

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Comments [4]

Brian from Hartford, CT

Idiocy to compare Aaron Rodgers numbers in Wisconsin to any figure nationwide. What could that possibly tell you? Wisconsin highly favors its Super Bowl-winning quarterback, while Americans as a whole have a more nuanced view of political and historical (and fictional) characters. Shocking! ;)

Dec. 06 2011 11:03 AM
someBrad from Philadelphia

I was disappointed that Brooke didn't challenge Mr. Jensen's assertion that political polarization is the same across both parties. As I was listening I thought: Republicans polled don't like any Democratic politicians, even if they are moderate. And Democratic voters don't like Republican politicians because none of them are moderate. Just about as I was finishing this thought, Mr. Jensen mentioned that Senators Snowe and Collins polled well with both parties, which makes sense because they are the closest thing the Republicans have to moderates any more (and I expect the both are probably serving their last term).

I can understand why Brooke didn't use my logic to challenge the guest, but it would have been very easy to challenge his assertion that moderates can't get elected from either party. There are plenty of Democrats in both houses of Congress that frequently vote with the Republicans.

There are fewer moderate Dems in the House since the midterm election, but the details of how that played out show the true dynamic. Those incumbent Blue Dogs didn't get primaried -- they lost in the general to Tea Party candidates (for the most part). I'd love to see a credible explanation for how that increase in polarization was the fault of the Democratic party.

Dec. 05 2011 09:45 AM
burro from Santa Rosa, CA

Very interesting lineup of stories this week.

FWIW, Olympia Snowe is not a moderate:

Dec. 04 2011 10:15 PM
pg from sf, california

I thought this was fun but I'd like to know how Aaron Rodgers did nationwide instead of just in Wisconsin where his team plays. Aaron Rodgers seems like a decent and unassuming guy in a league short on them, but ask the fans in Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit who watch him beat their favorite teams twice a year.

That said I approve of him more than I approve of my own favorite team's quarterback, so maybe he'd do even better nationally.

Dec. 02 2011 07:21 PM

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