[UPDATE, 3/25/2010: As James Taranto exposes in his Best of the Web feature today (check it out here), this poll is not the most reliable piece of work, making me feel all the better about my clarification below: “Let the statisticians figure out if the poll was conducted properly…” It clearly was NOT and was a political “hit poll” meant to ridicule its subject (meaning Republicans, not the President). As Taranto says: “In truth, the poll is so deeply flawed that it demonstrates nothing.” In fact, the fact that Harris Interactive (the “polling” company) was unwilling to state margins of error (really bad sign #1) and was willing to use methods that would very naturally & quite thoroughly skew their results in the worst of ways (really bad sign #2) makes for a horrifically useless poll. Consequently, it was a “hit poll” through and through, and a similar sort of thing could have been done about Presidents Bush & Clinton with similarly skewed and useless results. Really, check out the Best of the Web entry for Taranto’s comments, which are a real education if you are unfamiliar with how polls can be done in such a misleading manner and if you’d like to learn about the common (cleaned up a bit) maxim: “There are lies, outrageous lies, and statistics.”
So, when reading the rest of this post (or, for that matter, reading “poll” results of any kind in the news), keep these things in mind! And pray for a time when the “unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (1 Cor. 5:8) will be a staple food in the diet of those who claim to provide us with “facts”! — WGS]
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I was checking out my mail on AT&T Yahoo! (which is disappearing within days, those of you who still reach me there!) and strolling around looking at the news items and links. Mars viewing at its best until 2012 (not the Mars hoax, and not that 2012 is anything special), Republicans and Democrats continuing their ugly dance on health care, the violent lunacy of teen “flash mobs” — then this, from LiveScience.com (emphasis mine):
“Americans have some extreme views of President Obama, with a new survey revealing 40 percent of adults believe he is a socialist, and about a quarter of survey participants thinking the president is a racist, anti-American and even doing things Hitler did.
“The whammy: 14 percent of Americans say President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist. When split by political party, 24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats viewed the nation’s leader in this way.”
(See the full article here: “Quarter of Republicans Think Obama May Be the Anti-Christ”)
Wow. Approximately 1 out of every 7 Americans think that the President may be the Antichrist… 1 out of 4 Republicans, and even about 1 out of every 16 in his own party. That’s generally not the sort of thing that looks good on a résumé.
Of course, President Obama isn’t the first. President Ronald Reagan “enjoyed” such a labeling as well, especially due to the fact that his three names each had six letters in them. But, still — did 1 out of 7 Americans think President Obama is the Antichrist?
Let the statisticians figure out if the poll was conducted properly… Some certainly do believe it and I’ve heard the claim before and even mentioned it in my telecast, “Seven Signs of the Antichrist.” (Click on the link for streaming video or audio, to download video or audio, or to subscribe to the podcast feed.)
But, though I’m no fan of our current president, I can say confidently: President Obama is not the Antichrist. But, if you’re interested in finding out who is, you can start by checking out the link to the video just above this or you can jump straight to the booklet we have online: “Who or What Is the Antichrist?” As usual, it’s all free — whether you read it online or request the professional printed booklet that you can request. Christ gave it to us freely and commands us to give it freely, ourselves! No strings, no price tags.