One simple fact that I’ve learned from the Republican Presidential primaries of both 2008 and 2012 is that Ron Paul will win any online poll. Now, there are a number of reasons why he does so well in an online format that I won’t get into in this piece. The point I want to make is that just about every time he emerges victorious, the major media outlets will explain away the results or simply and quietly take down their poll.
Today, the website Libertarian News shows another favored tactic. Over at U.S. News and World Report, they offer readers a choice of Republican candidates including recent dropout Tim Pawlenty and a handful of undeclared candidates like Sarah Palin. The field isn’t too surprising as the poll was created way back at the end of February. However, when scanning the list of ten candidates, one cannot find Ron Paul’s name anywhere. So has U.S. News found a solution to the presumed Ron Paul victory? Were they thinking, “maybe if we don’t mention him then some other candidate will win”? Well, take a look at the results as of 9:15 PM EDT tonight and see for yourself.
Seems like a lot of people (67.8%), prefer someone else than the candidates that they have listed. Now, to be fair, Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry are excluded as well. However, I have to believe that the vast bulk of the “other” vote has to be for Dr. No, Representative Ron Paul of Texas.
Here is a note to U.S. News and World Reports: You can try excluding Ron Paul, but the results will end up the same. All that you’ve succeeded in doing is alienating his supporters. Therefore your poll is and ought to be considered a joke.
Lastly, here is the kicker. It may surprise you to know that freedom is popular with the online crowd. Of course, so is Ron Paul.
Thanks to Jim for sharing this information!