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Dustin Ingalls

Can you please ask respondents in a future poll in which the birther question is asked:Where do you think Barack Obama was born -- in Hawaii, Kenya, Indonesia, or the Philippines?We actually did that on the national poll way back, well over a year ago.

Aron

As a follow-up to the question:Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States?Can you please ask respondents in a future poll in which the birther question is asked:Where do you think Barack Obama was born -- in Hawaii, Kenya, Indonesia, or the Philippines?

Dustin Ingalls

True, those particular tabs are not in there, but the results are discussed in the press release. Here they are:http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/libyatabs2.pdf

Anonymous

We did if you check the full results.I see the crosstabs by ideology, gender, party, race, age across those two dimensions, but I dont see a combination of the Where is Libya? question and the How informed are you? question.Not a big deal, unless Im missing something...

Dustin Ingalls

Aw, couldnt do a crosstab between how informed voters think they are and where is Libya?We did if you check the full results.

Rasmus

Just for shits and giggles Id like to see a breakdown of the 2% (I know thats only like 25 people) who thought that Libya is in fucking South America. Might be interesting to see whether theyre stupid in general or merely fucking with the poll.

Kevin

Those numbers are actually fantastic compared to most tests of American geographic knowledge.Now, lets try showing them a map and see how many get it right.

Anonymous

I wonder how many will defend this act of foreign military aggression because Obama is president?

Anonymous

Aw, couldnt do a crosstab between how informed voters think they are and where is Libya?That couldve been funny. =P

vp

The Middle East is a rather vague (and Eurocentric) term, but it arguably includes Libya:From Wikipedia:Secretary of State John Foster Dulles defined the Middle East as the area lying between and including Libya on the west and Pakistan on the east, Syria and Iraq on the North and the Arabian peninsula to the south, plus the Sudan and Ethiopia.

I Am Iron Man

Its amazing to see how partisan these things are... really you can say that goes a bit both ways. Im sure if this was a George W. Bush excursion the GOP support would be huge while there will be next to no Democratic support.Libya seems like it makes far more sense than Iraq --- but I suppose the disaster of Iraq has turned the American people off from the idea of getting involved in these sorts of things generally and I think thats a good thing (even though I also think Obama probably is doing the right thing with Libya - as a President not as a politician.)

Anonymous

True, those particular tabs are not in there, but the results are discussed in the press release. Here they are:http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/libyatabs2.pdfA bit late on this but thanks, I did indeed have my laugh. :)

Anonymous

The war in Libya is a war of attrition. The international powers that control world politics and economy do not want this war to end soon. As Libya is an oil producing country (although currently not one of the most important producers), war is an excuse to keep oil prices high and, therefore, the price of gasoline be higher than four dollars a gallon.Thus, the international forces help the rebels, as they have a lower combat power than Gadaffi troops, but not enough to help them succeed. On the other hand, these same international forces give Gadaffi ideas on how to fight the rebels.In the end, both sides will be very worn and thus international forces can bring to power the puppet that suits them.

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