We've established that polls are very dumb.
We've established that polls can be twisted and used for partisan purposes in order to fit a narrative.
It's a worthwhile reminder when you see a poll like this from The Washington Post Thursday:
In the data, the pollsters say that a majority of the GOP would gladly shred the Constitution for Trump and usher in oligarchy in America.
According to a summary by the Hill:
Slightly more than half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if President Trump proposed it to make sure only eligible American citizens can vote, according to a new survey.
According to a poll conducted by two academic authors and published by The Washington Post, 52 percent of Republicans said they would back a postponement of the next election if Trump called for it.
If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent.
Pollsters found 47 percent of Republicans think Trump won the popular vote.
After the findings, commentators naturally lost their damn minds:
However, one does not need a very long-term memory to travel back to a more innocent time, when Barack Obama was president. In June of 2016, barely more than a year ago, Democrats gleefully declared en mass that they would also shred the Constitution so that President Obama could have a third term:
According to reporting from The Hill just a year ago:
A strong majority of Democrats would cancel the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump if it meant President Obama could serve another term, a new poll found.
Data provided to The Hill by the conservative polling outlet WPA Research found that 67 percent of Democrats would take a third term for Obama over a potential Clinton administration.
Only 28 percent said they’re ready to move on from the Obama White House, while 6 percent are undecided.
Not surprisingly, just this month, comedian and celebrity Chelsea Handler happily reinforced the above data on Democrats:
Just a friendly reminder that polls are fickle, the American public has favorites, and perhaps we all need to read a little more of the Constitution.
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