Surveys are fun because they offer insights into America’s red, white, and blue soul. This is especially true when the surveys are about divisive things like politics, healthcare, or Donald Trump’s fabled “Trump Toupee.”
Take Sarah Palin.
See there? The name alone makes hairs stand up, stomachs turn and glasses go foggy. So why is she in the news … again? A survey.
While it’s not like Sarah Palin is on a media hiatus or anything, she’s not as visible as she would like. And thanks to this NBC News/WSJ poll, we know she is still more vocal than anyone would like.
Here’s the headline: Sarah Palin is the politician Americans most want to be quiet, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg poll that asked respondents to weigh in on six prominent figures. The others were the polarizing, but fun for water cooler talk, folks known as Al Gore, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Jesse Jackson, and Newt Gingrich.
Sure, there’s more but it’s expensive to print.
More than half – 52% — of people surveyed said the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, who was recently seen calling for President Barack Obama’s impeachment in a Breitbart News column, should just “be quiet.”
Now take a guess about the political affiliation of the other 48 percent. Therein lies the rub.
Ask anyone that generic and nitrous-oxide-fueled question. Anyone. They will name someone who swings for the team whose jersey they don’t have in their closet. That’s politics in America.
No one cares about issues. They care about complaining about those issues. And when it comes to blowhards complaining just to be on TV, Sarah Palin is the Lord of the Flies. She scored even higher than her esteemed colleagues Jesse Jackson (45%), Dick Cheney (42%) and Newt Gingrich (39%).
The Journal/NBC/Annenberg poll was kinder to Bill Clinton (31%) and Al Gore (37%), though about half of Republicans said they would prefer that the 1990s Democratic team in the White House would be quiet.
When you attract up hatred from both sides of the aisle — much like the President and the one before him did — you have achieved legendary status. Out of the people polled wishing Palin would swallow her tongue when eating her next batch of baked moose carcass were nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and even nearly four-in-10 Republicans.
Frankly, that should be the PR story: People can agree on something that is usually a strictly partisan thing. U.S.A.!