If you had to trust one of these individuals to take care of your personal affairs . . .

By , February 28, 2012 3:31 pm

Blogger Ann Althouse asked that question in a poll that gave all the current Republican presidential candidates and President Obama as potential choices:

Now I’d characterize Althouse as an agnostic on the Republican candidates, though I’m guessing she’d vote Romney, push come to shove. She voted for Obama in 2008. Those who comment on her blog, and there are a lot of them, seem to disparage Romney much more than they praise him. Some are not fans at all. I’d wager that 75% of them have claimed they would vote for someone else in an election; many of them that they would vote Democrat. All this, by the way, is just my impression as one who reads her blog and the comments regularly. Of course, it is possible that a bunch of Romney fans flooded the poll, though I doubt it. Ann gets plenty of traffic on her own; certainly, enough people drop by daily to account for the number of votes in the poll. That said, here are the results:

Now be honest. You would have voted for Romney in that poll as well, wouldn’t you? Now, who are you going to vote for as president? If your answer is anyone other than Romney, why?

UPDATE (8.22.12):

I just re-posted this on Facebook and in re-reading it, I noticed a contradiction in what I wrote vis a vis what’s in the poll. I’ve fixed that problem. Changes are in bold.

2 Responses to “If you had to trust one of these individuals to take care of your personal affairs . . .”

  1. […] in turn, reminded me of one of my posts that had the following poll […]

  2. Kip says:


    I might well choose Mitt Romney to manage my money. He’s obviously very good at that. But to me, that’s not the only or even the most important responsibility of a president. Do you? Of course I’m concerned about government spending and where our my tax dollars go. But I’m voting for Barack Obama for other reasons, because I think I share more core values with him than I do Romney. Funny since Romney and I belong to the same church, and I’m even related to him. But on a wide range of issues, we simply disagree–education, health care, foreign policy (including the right of Palestinians to have their own state), the role of our military, same sex issues, etc. You know, early on in this campaign, I took an online test where I was asked about my position on a variety of political and social issues, and then I was told which presidential candidates my views most line up with (this was back during the Republican primaries), and I was clearly much more aligned with Obama than Romney. And that was something I already knew in many ways. Of course, I don’t agree with Obama on everything, and he has made plenty of mistakes (and Romney has made his own mistakes), but our worldviews are more similar, for whatever reason.

    Like Obama, I believe that there is a legitimate role that the federal government should play in our lives. I hate government waste, and I don’t want government to be any bigger than it has to be. But it does have a legitimate role, in my opinion, and I think a lot of people take for granted the benefits that derive from government.

    You may be tempted to assume that I’m in favor of wild government spending or that I’m somehow ignorant of the mess we are in as a country. I don’t think I am. I think we are facing some very tough issues right now, and neither party is addressing those issues honestly or courageously. Nor are we as a people. We share the blame because we continue to elect these guys. But again, I prefer the direction Obama is taking us in to the one Romney would, however haltingly we are moving forward.

    Sigh. I don’t really like these kinds of online discussions that much. It takes me too long to type what I’m thinking and it feels too one way. But there you have it. Maybe someday we can have a real discussion.

    Talk to you later, Greg.


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