Wal-Mart best symbolizes America today, President Barack Obama won’t set a timetable for removing U.S. troops from Afghanistan, people wouldn’t take health care services from Wal-Mart if the retailing giant offered them, the use of food stamps for high-fat food should be banned, the Obama administration should propose a tax of 50% or higher on the wealthiest millionaires, dining out has been the most difficult thing to cut back expenses on during the recession, affairs and bribes are both bad for politicians, Twitter is a fad that will fade, the likeness of Albert Einstein will be used to endorse products, men would like to trade places with George Clooney for a week and women would like to trade places with Michelle Obama for a week.
Are those the ramblings of an over-caffeinated blogger? Actually, they’re the results of the first online poll conducted by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair, and the two parties announced their joint venture to produce monthly polls, with the results to be made public on the TV show, in the magazine and on their respective Websites, 60Minutes.com and VF.com.
The two parties’ goal is to create a national survey that will cover a broad range of questions, versus a more typical poll, which tends to focus narrowly on one subject.
60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager said:
It’s a collaboration between two outstanding organizations and already, in its maiden effort, the results are fascinating.
And Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter added:
We very much liked the notion of taking polling to a more diverse place. This can serve as a monthly check up on the American condition, and it will lend itself to humor, as well as more serious topics. The combination of Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes—both of them wide-ranging in their interests, expertise and format—was a natural one.