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Obama Would Probably Beat Romney In A Fist Fight

An Esquire/Yahoo! poll has Obama taking Romney in a fist fight by 58% to 22%, with another 20% having no opinion. The poll also asked who would win the election, and the numbers were similar: 57% for Obama, 30% for Romney, and 13% couldn’t be bothered to guess. It did not ask people if they were racist and simply thought that the black guy was always tougher than the Mormon. It also seems to have been the first time the question was formally polled, so there’s no way to tell if there’s a correlation between the winner of the fist fight and the winner of the election. However, if you think about the last 30 years:

  • Obama would’ve beat McCain bloody
  • W would’ve easily taken Kerry
  • W vs Gore is a hard one, because Gore is a softie, but he’s also a big guy who might have a temper
  • Clinton would’ve easily beat up old, one-armed Bob Dole
  • Clinton would’ve had trouble with the original Bush though, who had a sort of spit-and-nails quality about him.
  • The original Bush would’ve been all over Dukakis
  • Reagan would’ve probably lost to Mondale though, but of the two, Mondale would’ve probably been the one driven to tears — by Reagan’s wit
  • Reagan vs Carter is hard to call, because it’s hard to imagine either of them actually getting into a fight, but Carter had a big age advantage
  • Same with Carter vs Ford: they would most likely just work it out without ever resorting to fists. But if they absolutely had to fight, Carter probably had a little more ganas.
  • And of course, Nixon would take pretty much anyone except Andrew Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt.

For more in the same vein, there’s a Reddit thread about a mass knife fight to the death between every president. And if you want to try your hand at presidential combat, there’s an iOS app for that, called Vote!!!.


From Esquire, via Politico and Tom

Majority Of Americans Might Now Be Libertarian

The policy of the American government is to leave their citizens free, neither restraining nor aiding them in their pursuits. -Thomas Jefferson

The above quote is a decent summary of Libertarian values, and according to a poll that CNN has been conducting annually since 1993, the number of Americans that agree with those values hit a high in 2011. Even though they might not know it, and even though they definitely do not vote for the Libertarian Party, 63% of those polled believe in more economic freedom and 50% believe in more social freedom — both questions being measurements of Libertarianism and both figures being all-time highs for the poll. The figures are not correlated to each other, but if the 50% and the 63% overlap completely, then it would constitute a majority of Americans.

The questions are framed to suss out belief, as opposed to party affiliation: Republicans want no regulation of Wall Street, but want to keep marijuana illegal; Democrats want the opposite; Libertarians want both no regulation and to see pot legalized, and Fascists want no one to have any fun. So generally speaking, Republicans believe in economic freedom but not social freedom, Democrats believe in social but not economic freedom. Libertarians believe in both, and Fascists believe in no freedom. (If you’re curious about what you really are, politicalcompass.org has a test you can take).

The questions the poll asked which gauge Libertarianism are:

1. Some people think the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Others think that government should do more to solve our country’s problems. Which comes closer to your own view?

2. Some people think the government should promote traditional values in our society. Others think the government should not favor any particular set of values. Which comes closer to your own view?

The CNN Poll (PDF), via The New York Times