I had always thought that polls were supposed to be about people's opinions. I mean, they used to call them, more descriptively, opinion polls. "Who do you think should be president?" "What do you think about the bottle bill?" "Who's hotter, Megan Fox or Newt Gingrich?"
Apparently, we've added a new subsection of polling...fact polling. We ask people if they believe if something factual is actually factual. No, I'm not talking about asking whether people believe in God. I'm talking about this poll.
We have reduced facts to nothing more than one more thing we can have opinions about. "Is the president a muslim? What's your opinion?"
The only value a poll like this has is to show just how fucking stupid we are. What's possibly worse than the 18% of people who believe (based on what?) that Obama is a muslim is the 43% of people who "don't know", more than the number who think he's a christian. This could just be chalked up to inattention. I mean, I don't know what religion some people are. (But we're usually not talking about the president of a religion-obsessed nation here.) But the same poll last year showed only 34% who didn't know. Huh? Did they forget? Or did they get stupider?
Let's have some more polls, shall we?
"Is Dick Cheney bald? What's your opinion?"
"Do the New York Yankees play in Yankee Stadium? What's your opinion?"
"Is the moon orbiting the earth? What's your opinion?"
"What's the name of that thing pumping blood through your body right now? What's your opinion?"
"Does the F train stop at Broadway-Lafayette? What's your opinion?"
Next week, only 53% of Americans think that the "heart" is what pumps their blood, down from 57% last year.