Friday, March 18, 2016

Public opinion polls from Mayberry-on-Umpqua

Okay, granted that newspaper readership skews old, and granted that newspaper-writer-in-ship skews crotchety, but I was still surprised by the "question of the week" for our local newspaper's opinion page.  The question was "what are the issues that are most important to you in the presidential election."  Over 400 people responded.  There was no majority, but the most common answer of all, for over 25% of the respondents, was... marriage.

Gotta say, I'm pretty flabbergasted by that one.  That it's even an issue is incomprehensible to me; that it's the most important issue in a presidential race in 2016 to some people makes me feel like I am living either in a different century or on a different planet.  I mean, really?


  1. That surprises me too. I'm with you "really". Seems narrow focused.

    1. I know. But that's the way it is around here. I've learned not to talk politics and shy away from religion. Fortunately, farming leaves you a lot to talk about.