Zogby Poll: Almost No Obama Voters Ace Election Test

Survey finds most Obama voters remembered negative coverage of McCain/Palin
statements but struggled to correctly answer questions about coverage associated
with Obama/Biden

UTICA, New York — Just 2% of voters who supported Barack Obama on Election Day
obtained perfect or near-perfect scores on a post election test which gauged
their knowledge of statements and scandals associated with the presidential
tickets during the campaign, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Only 54% of Obama voters were able to answer at least half or more of the
questions correctly.

The 12-question, multiple-choice survey found questions regarding statements
linked to Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his
vice-presidential running-mate Sarah Palin were far more likely to be answered
correctly by Obama voters than questions about statements associated with Obama
and Vice-President–Elect Joe Biden. The telephone survey of 512 Obama voters
nationwide was conducted Nov. 13-15, 2008, and carries a margin of error of +/-
4.4 percentage points. The survey was commissioned by John Ziegler, author of
The Death of Free Speech, producer of the recently released film "Blocking the
Path to 9/11" and producer of the upcoming documentary film, Media
Malpractice…How Obama Got Elected. (

Ninety-four percent of Obama voters correctly identified Palin as the candidate
with a pregnant teenage daughter, 86% correctly identified Palin as the
candidate associated with a $150,000 wardrobe purchased by her political party,
and 81% chose McCain as the candidate who was unable to identify the number of
houses he owned. When asked which candidate said they could "see Russia from
their house," 87% chose Palin, although the quote actually is attributed to
Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey during her portrayal of Palin during the
campaign. An answer of "none" or "Palin" was counted as a correct answer on the
test, given that the statement was associated with a characterization of Palin.

Obama voters did not fare nearly as well overall when asked to answer questions
about statements or stories associated with Obama or Biden — 83% failed to
correctly answer that Obama had won his first election by getting all of his
opponents removed from the ballot, and 88% did not correctly associate Obama
with his statement that his energy policies would likely bankrupt the coal
industry. Most (56%) were also not able to correctly answer that Obama started
his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather

Nearly three quarters (72%) of Obama voters did not correctly identify Biden as
the candidate who had to quit a previous campaign for President because he was
found to have plagiarized a speech, and nearly half (47%) did not know that
Biden was the one who predicted Obama would be tested by a generated
international crisis during his first six months as President.

In addition to questions regarding statements and scandals associated with the
campaigns, the 12-question, multiple-choice survey also included a question
asking which political party controlled both houses of Congress leading up to
the election — 57% of Obama voters were unable to correctly answer that
Democrats controlled both the House and the Senate.

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