Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Local "Unscientific" Utah Media Polls Show Predominantly Negative Reactions By Respondents To Barack Obama's Bogus Nobel Peace Prize

Note: Poll results below now updated through 8 P.M. MDT October 16th, 2009.

Four out of five local Utah media polls present a predominantly negative portrait of ordinary Utah opinion about the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama, originally described in this previous post. The fifth poll is somewhat suspect. All polls are described by their creators as "unscientific".

First, there's a poll by KUTV Channel 2 that's now been closed out. In response to the question, "Do you think Pres. Barack Obama deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?", the majority of the 1914 responses are negative:

-- Yes: 17.9 percent (352 responses)
-- No: 67.7 percent (1330 responses)
-- Too soon to determine: 14.4 percent (282 responses)

The Ogden Standard-Examiner is also conducting a poll, accessible on their main page (previous polls available HERE). In response to the simple question, "Do you think President Barack Obama should have won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize?", the results from 236 respondents is also overwhelmingly negative:

-- Yes: 18 percent
-- No: 72 percent
-- I don't care: 10 percent

The St. George Spectrum conducting the same poll, which is now closed out. In response to the simple question, "Do you believe President Barack Obama deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize?", the result from 274 respondents is once again overwhelmingly negative:

-- Yes: 21.8 percent
-- No: 72.0 percent
-- Don't care: 6.3 percent

In contrast, a poll run by KSTU Channel 13 (vote on the main page) paints a different picture. In response to the statement-question "President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to build momentum behind his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism. Does he deserve the award?" Out of a total 1351 responses so far:

-- Yes: 60.9 percent (823 responses)
-- No: 39.1 percent (528 responses)

Unlike the other polls, which simply asked if the respondent approved or disapproved the award without trying to provoke a "preferred" response, this was a push-poll question, loaded up with trigger words like "stunning" and "momentum" designed to provoke a preferred favorable response. And it seemed to work.

The Salt Lake Tribune also conducted a poll, accessible on its news page. In response to the poll question, "What do you think of President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?", here are the results from 2209 respondents so far:

-- 30.01 percent: It's a great recognition for a man who represents a true turning point in history
-- 9.51 percent: It's a nice thing, but it adds to his burden of expectations
-- 27.93 percent: It says more about the Nobel Committee's politics than the president's accomplishments
-- 32.54 percent: It's whack. He simply hasn't walked the walk yet, and he may never

In essence, 40 percent generally approve of the award, while 60 percent are either skeptical or disapprove. Despite the fact that the Tribune caters more to a left-of-center readership, I find that this poll may be the most representative of all.

The KSTU poll is clearly unrepresentative and its results can be discarded.

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