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Volokh Conspiracy Reader Presidential Poll:
If you are a registered voter and you plan to vote for President (or have already voted), who is your pick?
Barack Obama - Democratic
John McCain -Republican
Bob Barr - LIbertarian
Ralph Nader - Independent
Chuck Baldwin -Constitution Party
Other/ I can't or won't vote.
  
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Oh, and obviously it's not scientific. But I'm kinda curious.
Smallholder (mail) (www):
What about McKinney - we can't ignore the cop-beater to be left off the ticket!
11.3.2008 3:40pm
js5 (mail):
it would be interesting to see how many people voted for the bottom four choices instead of McCain on the account of Palin being the VP.
11.3.2008 3:44pm
A Law Dawg:
Why the bottom four? Palin was a big reason why I ditched Mac for Obama.
11.3.2008 3:50pm
Sasha Volokh (mail) (www):
Ditto Charles Fried.
11.3.2008 3:54pm
Henry679 (mail):
If McCain can only get a 3 to 4 point lead here, he is in REAL trouble.
11.3.2008 4:07pm
Bored Lawyer:
Is voting twice allowed? How about under a pseudonym?
11.3.2008 4:15pm
A Law Dawg:
Is voting twice allowed? How about under a pseudonym?


You be Mickey Mouse and I'll vote as Tony Romo.
11.3.2008 4:17pm
Cornellian (mail):
On the contrary, it's entirely scientific. What would not be scientific would be to draw inferences from this poll about how the population at large will vote tomorrow.
11.3.2008 4:18pm
Volokh Groupie:
Actually you'd be surprised at how many varying political ideologies there are amongst the readers of this blog--the current stats pretty much confirm what I suspected.

It's why this is one of the few blogs where commentators of varying views can actually have a cordial discussion.
11.3.2008 4:18pm
Twenty non-partisan reasons to oppose BHO (mail) (www):
Some people's votes won't really count in the national election, such as those in CA. So, maybe there should be a selection for those people. And, it doesn't look like Barr is going to have much of an effect since he's offended the big-L libertarians and most others have figured out what an incredible fake he is.
11.3.2008 4:27pm
AndrewK (mail):
Man, that guy who used to be at UT-Austin who ranks the schools and writes that blog is TOTALLY right! 42% Obama and 45% McCain! This blog must be ULTRA RIGHT WING! Man 45% of the readers here are total losers who make personal attacks.
11.3.2008 4:30pm
AndrewK (mail):
Henry679: That's exactly my point. If you think this is a far-right wing site, you're sadly mistaken, and are seeing the world through left-colored glasses.
11.3.2008 4:31pm
Thales (mail) (www):
Volokh Groupie [channeling Sarcastro]:

You must be a Communist and crypto-terrorist! Er, a religious secessionist zealot from the hinterlands!
11.3.2008 4:39pm
ROgi (mail):
Perhaps another caveat should be in place, to wit: this poll does not constitute a scientific proof of the VC readers' political ideologies.
11.3.2008 4:39pm
Henry679 (mail):
No, not really. I never said it was a "far-right wing site". But it is a site that is going to appeal to likely McCain voters more than your "average" website. If you consider this an "insult", then maybe you should check your own baggage first (or consider the parable of the mote and the beam).
11.3.2008 4:40pm
cboldt (mail):
I refuse to participate in your poll.
11.3.2008 4:45pm
wooga:
cboldt, then you are just a follower, like 80% of the population that refuses to participate in polls. And, by unassailable logic, you therefore have a 40:28 chance of voting for Obama over McCain. [/Gallup]
11.3.2008 4:48pm
Midnight Rambler:
I just voted 73 times for Obama on the VC Poll thanks to ACORN's voter registration efforts!
11.3.2008 4:49pm
OrinKerr:
cboldt,

So?
11.3.2008 4:49pm
JamesInSeattle (mail):
This is one of the few places I feel like are a) conservative and b) non-tin-foil-hat-wearing. It's rare that I agree with what's posted here, but at least it's worth thinking about.
11.3.2008 4:51pm
cboldt (mail):
OrinKerr: -- So? --
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Just picking a pick that can't be picked by responding to the pollster. It's part of the polling process. I don't how the pollster accounts for it, but that's the pollster's problem!
11.3.2008 4:54pm
MarkField (mail):
I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Prof. Kerr's obvious intent to skew the election in Obama's favor by listing him first.
11.3.2008 4:56pm
ROgi (mail):
or failing to list Obama's full name - Barack H. Obama.
11.3.2008 4:59pm
Sarcastro (www):
This Poll better not just be about fun! The Internet is Serious Business.

cboldt, why do you hate science?
11.3.2008 5:02pm
Sarcastro (www):
ROgi the H stands for "Hallowed" right? That's Jesus's middle name, I recall.

As in "The Lord is my Shepard, Hallowed be thy name..."
11.3.2008 5:04pm
Sarcastro (www):
erm, "Our Father, which art in Heaven" I mean.

I'm a baaad Unitarian.
11.3.2008 5:07pm
cboldt (mail):
-- cboldt, why do you hate science? --
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Oh heavens! I love science. Uncertainty is part of good science., See quantum mechanics and fractional-dimensional mathematics. Trying to predict human behavior is another fun hobby.
11.3.2008 5:07pm
A Law Dawg:
ROgi the H stands for "Hallowed" right? That's Jesus's middle name, I recall.


I'm quite sure it's Herbertwalker.
11.3.2008 5:08pm
Sarcastro (www):
cboldt Quantum uncertainty is only uncertain till you "take a poll" of the wavefunction though!
11.3.2008 5:11pm
Kevin R (mail):
I thought it was "Harold". Our father, who art in heaven, Harold be thy name...

no?
11.3.2008 5:20pm
Matt_T:
I though about not voting this year, but marked my absentee ballet for Barr and mailed it in. Consider it less of an endorsement of Barr than of libertarian ideas generally - though the idea of the LP doing more harm than good to libertarianism has crossed my mind. If in 5 years Barr is back to being a drug warrior I'll just give up and accept the majority of the US doesn't care about anything but electing a candidate that will screw people they don't like.
11.3.2008 5:22pm
Sagar:
I'm surprised no one has yet mentioned Prof. Kerr's obvious intent to skew the election in Obama's favor by listing him first.

To the contrary, Prof Kerr placed McCain and Barr next to each other so people might not line up the name with the radio button correctly and vote for Barr:-)

js5,
I voted for LP, not on account of Palin but due to obama and mccain.
11.3.2008 5:22pm
Cornellian (mail):
H stands for "Hallowed" right? That's Jesus's middle name, I recall.

As in "The Lord is my Shepard, Hallowed be thy name..."


I think it's in some way connected with Halloween, hence the similarity.
11.3.2008 5:25pm
ROgi (mail):
They way people are consistently butchering Jesus' name and ideals he must be spinning in his grave. Obama isn't doing much better, my grandmother is convinced that he's Muslim and hates Israel. The Russian newspaper "The Jewish World" told her so.
11.3.2008 5:27pm
Dave N (mail):
Sarcastro, Kevin R.

No, no, no. God's first name is Arthur--but He prefers the shorter form. "Our Father, Who's Art in Heaven..."
11.3.2008 5:29pm
ROgi (mail):
For the record, H could be Houdini.
11.3.2008 5:30pm
Bruce_M (mail) (www):
I'll be voting for Obama, but I think McCain is going to win both the electoral and popular votes. I've been predicting it for a while, and I hope I'm wrong.
11.3.2008 5:32pm
Oren:

I'll be voting for Obama, but I think McCain is going to win both the electoral and popular votes. I've been predicting it for a while, and I hope I'm wrong.

Go over to intrade and make 20:1 on that gem.
11.3.2008 5:34pm
A Law Dawg:
They way people are consistently butchering Jesus' name and ideals he must be spinning in his grave.


He can't be, as he isn't in one! That's the whole point, you know.
11.3.2008 5:34pm
Michael Kessler:
Do you have similar results for 2004? I'd love to compare how the readers of this blog voted back then.
11.3.2008 5:48pm
calmom:
Scientific? I just voted four times. But then I only want to replicate the actual vote in Philly, Milwaukee and Chicago. So I'd better go back and vote a few more times. One voter, four votes is a pretty lame effort in those places.
11.3.2008 5:49pm
cboldt (mail):
-- Go over to intrade and make 20:1 on that gem. --
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A nitpick, the odds are about 10:1 at this point. Buying earlier today would have been better, a dollar on a McCain win could be bought for 9.2 cents.
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Obama dollars are 90.1 cents, and would yield an excellent return for a couple days investment, if you believe Obama is a sure thing.
11.3.2008 5:57pm
Nate in Alice:
Breaking my boycott of this site to gloat prematurely--Obama is going to win big tomorrow.

Orin, who are you voting for?
11.3.2008 6:00pm
Matthew in Austin (mail):
js5 - I'm a Republican, former McCain supporter who jumped ship because of Palin. It was made easier by the fact that Obama is wise, even-tempered and open minded. As a libertarian conservative, Obama will probably push a lot of legislation that I won't like. But there is something about having a very smart person in the Oval Office that is incredibly attractive after the last 8 years.
11.3.2008 6:18pm
paul lukasiak (mail):
I ain't voting. They are both disasters waiting to happen, and regardless of who wins, I can say I didn't vote for him.
11.3.2008 6:18pm
Nunzio:
I'm voting for McCain and voted for Kerry in '04, LP candidate Harry Browne in '00, and Clinton in '96 and '92.


I like Obama and voted for him for the Senate in 2004 but the fiscal policies he espouses bother me. Every time he speaks all I hear is "The era of big government is back for good."
11.3.2008 6:18pm
eyesay:
cboldt: "Just picking a pick that can't be picked by responding to the pollster. It's part of the polling process."

Peter Piper, perhaps to pick a peck of pickled peppers?
11.3.2008 6:24pm
cboldt (mail):
-- Peter Piper, perhaps to pick a peck of pickled peppers? --
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Peter Percival Patterson had a pet pig named Porky ...
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Sorta dates me, but so what.
11.3.2008 6:29pm
Sarah (mail) (www):
Ugh, the second poll in a row (last one in September, not counting the GOP chick who came to the door) where I finally made a pick.

I feel sometimes like these polls are meant to help you practice voting for the person you just can't believe you've actually resigned yourself to voting for, so you won't seize up or start hitting yourself when you're actually in the voting booth. Bleh.
11.3.2008 6:45pm
A.S.:
Seems to me that "Other/ I can't or won't vote" should be separated into three options. I am not voting this year (I usually don't), but don't want to be lumped in with those nutcases voting for "other" or felons/foreigners/children who aren't allowed to vote!
11.3.2008 6:54pm
Another Old Navy Chief (mail):
They way people are consistently butchering Jesus' name and ideals he must be spinning in his grave.

Rogi,

I think the story is that he can't be because he's not there... (in the grave, that is...)
11.3.2008 6:56pm
eyesay:
Speaking of Jesus and spinning, a joke:

Someone went to heaven said said "What is with all the clocks around here?"

The angel escorting the newly deceased explained, "For every human being on earth, there is a clock in heaven that advances by one minute when its corresponding human tells a lie. For example, that clock over there was for Mother Theresa. It shows 12:02, because she told only two lies in her entire life."

The newly deceased asked, "Where is the clock of George W. Bush?"

Answered the angel, "That clock hangs on the wall in Jesus' office. He uses it for a fan."

:-)
11.3.2008 7:02pm
JB:
eyesay,
For balance, the sequel:

The angel then gestured for the newly deceased to accompany him into a helicopter for a trip to where the deceased would be staying. "Whose fan is that?" the deceased asked pointing to the helicopter. "Barack Obama's," said the angel.
11.3.2008 7:08pm
ROgi (mail):
Chief: Well done, you're catching on quickly.
11.3.2008 7:12pm
Bill Twist:
Personally, I think we should write in Burt Gummer:


BURT GUMMER IN '08 WITH AN '06
11.3.2008 7:15pm
CB55 (mail):
Under old Roman law the executed were at times:

eaten by dogs or other animals

dumped into public dumps

buried in unmarked graves

cremated and bones buried or dumped

bones or bodies given private disposal (under old Jewish law bodies were entombed (bones would later be removed and placed in a box and entombed) below or above ground or buried.

The physical resurrection is either the greatest comeback of all time or the greatest hoax - and I rather not debate the issue.
11.3.2008 7:16pm
catchy:
do you lawyer-types chase away naderites or what? 2,500 votes and not a single nader supporter.

what gives?
11.3.2008 7:20pm
eyesay:
catchy, look again; there are 10 votes here for Nader.
11.3.2008 7:37pm
Arkady:
cboldt Agonistes:

I would not join a poll that would have me as a pollee.
11.3.2008 7:59pm
Volokh Groupie:
Why do the conspirators hate Cynthia McKinney?
11.3.2008 8:01pm
Waldensian (mail):

I'm a baaad Unitarian.

What are the criteria by which this is measured?!?

Q: How do you get a Unitarian out of your neighborhood?
A: Burn a big question mark in his front yard.

Q: What do you get when you cross a Unitarian and a Jehovah's Witness?
A: A guy who knocks on your door but doesn't know why.

I don't have a million of 'em -- these are the only two Unitarian jokes ever!!!
11.3.2008 8:40pm
Bill2:

it would be interesting to see how many people voted for the bottom four choices instead of McCain on the account of Palin being the VP.



Palin was a big reason why I ditched Mac for Obama.



I'm a Republican, former McCain supporter who jumped ship because of Palin.


Oh, yes... Palin is so evil and stupid and gun-toting and Christian that we simply must deliver the country totally into the hands of the hard left to save it from her!

Geez...
11.3.2008 8:40pm
Hoosier:
The "H" in Jesus H. Christ stands for "Haploid." For obvious reasons.

Take a class, guys! Biology. theology. Whatever.
11.3.2008 9:58pm
ofidiofile:
Bill2:

Oh, yes... Palin is so evil and stupid and gun-toting and Christian that we simply must deliver the country totally into the hands of the hard left to save it from her!


self-righteous and empty-headed, perhaps; both major candidates are self-avowed christians, so that part's a moot point, as long as their faith-based policies aren't pushed on me. and as a technology nut, i kinda like guns myself.

what scares me more is her inability to speak in intelligible sentences when off-script, her marriage to and extensive association with secessionists, her confusion of basic habeus protections with miranda rights, and the distinct possibility that she'll do even further damage to the state of science in america than the past two terms of our current chief executive.

and Hoosier:

The "H" in Jesus H. Christ stands for "Haploid." For obvious reasons.


very clever! i needed a good chuckle.
11.3.2008 10:03pm
Allan (mail):
It's not Harold, it's Howard. Howard be thy name.
11.3.2008 10:53pm
LM (mail):
I picked Obama because I don't want anyone to know I'm really going to write in David Bernstein.
11.3.2008 11:27pm
Hoosier:
Matthew in Austin
I'm a Republican

I'm calling bullshit.

Austin? Either you're a leftist, or you're Rick Perry.
11.4.2008 1:03am
ofidiofile:
Matthew in Austin
I'm a Republican

I'm calling bullshit.

Austin? Either you're a leftist, or you're Rick Perry.


i'm sure there are a lot more like him out there than any loyal GOPer would like to admit.
11.4.2008 1:14pm