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Opinion Polls Show That Americans Are Not Clairvoyant

05/10/2010 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

According to recent polls, some of the bad news for President Obama comes in the form of the widespread perception that America "is less respected in the world than it was two years ago." Per Joseph Curl of the Washington Times:

The Democracy Corps-Third Way survey released Monday finds that by a 10-point margin -- 51 percent to 41 percent -- Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped during the first 13 months of Mr. Obama's presidency.

"This is surprising, given the global acclaim and Nobel peace prize that flowed to the new president after he took office," said pollsters for the liberal-leaning organizations.

But the proprietor of Zandar Versus The Stupid points out, there's a rather obvious fallacy at work here:

Please note the wording there. "Americans think the standing of the U.S. dropped..." What a ridiculous poll. If you want to know how the US is perceived internationally by non-Americans, why are you asking Americans?

Why, indeed? In fact, if you want to gauge America's standing in the world, there's a poll for that:

So the real bad news for the White House is that Americans are laboring under the misperception that America's standing in the world has not improved. But does anyone really think this side issue is going to animate voters come election time? Because I think that voters will be animated by the fact that we're in the middle of a massive unemployment crisis.

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