Poll: 30 percent of South Carolinians can’t identify Joe Biden as vice president

posted at 8:30 pm on February 8, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Ouch. If you ask me, this poll is not so much an indictment of South Carolinians as it is an indictment of Joe Biden — but it doesn’t reflect well on either. According to The Daily Caller, a survey released today by Winthrop University showed that 29.3 percent of adults polled in the Palmetto State couldn’t come up with Joe Biden’s name when asked to identify the current vice president of the United States:

Almost a quarter of those surveyed had no answer to the question, three percent provided the wrong name and another three percent identified Dick Cheney.

Biden has mostly stayed out of the news of late, but did received significant coverage for predicting that Democrats would take back the House of Representatives. In the last week, he has done vice presidential things: meeting with senior advisers and administration officials, stumping at campaign events and speaking in Florida on the importance of addressing the rising cost of a college education.

In the same poll, comedian Stephen Colbert ranked tied for fifth in the list of most famous South Carolina natives. He placed behind Gov. Nikki Haley, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

It’s just one poll and just one state; let’s hope it’s not in any way representative of the American public at large. Either way, may it also be a reminder to voters to take their responsibility to select their government representatives seriously — at least seriously enough to know the names of presidential and vice presidential candidates and, then, the names of the ultimate officeholders. Preachin’ to the choir here, I know, but sheesh.


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tesla’s a homo

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Spelling must be for the women-folk, as well?

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Heh, not this woman. Spell check was a God send for me. ;)

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yeah, but does he fish?

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

DHC- your so bad. Where’s your partner in crime?

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Such usage presupposes that the good doctor either has, or will, be tested in an intellectual capacity within some span of time close to the present moment.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yes, but your quibble precludes the possibility that he may be tested – my usage allows that it’s possible.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

It’s just one poll and just one state; let’s hope it’s not in any way representative of the American public at large.

Wannna bet?

lynncgb on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I saw a wooly mammoth fishing earlier

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

JOE BIDEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
A Play is One Mercifully Brief Act.

Vice President Joe Biden stands at the lectern, making introductory acknowledgements.

JOE BIDEN
(reads from notes)
uh, uh… Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States is here!
Joe? Stand up, Joe, let ‘em see you!

(double-take, realizes gaffe)
Oh. God love you, what am I talking about?

(to himself, aloud)
I tell you what, you’re making everybody else stand up, pal.
Thank you very, very much. I tell you what–

(to audience)
— stand up for Sheriff Joe! Thank you, pal. You can tell I’m new.

(to self again)
Good to see you, buddy. Thank you. Thank you.

de rigueur on February 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I’m a solo act

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The United States is a country which embraces someone like Barack Obama, whose accomplishments outside politics are minimal, and rejects ( or begrudgingly accepts) someone like Mitt Romney, whose accomplishments outside politics are the pinnacle of success. This is a story of decline.

Basilsbest on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Women used to be good at cooking. Most young women think cooking is the man taking them out to eat at the Outback.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

For good or ill, everyone knew who Cheney was. :)

ThePrez on February 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

And Quayle. I don’t remember whether people knew who GHW Bush was during Reagan’s term.

On the other hand… I’d bet a lot of people didn’t know who Gore or Mondale were while they were V.P.

malclave on February 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I know. Just you and Angrymike had me laughing like hell one morning.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

What are Romney’s accomplishments as govenor? RomneyCare?

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Basilsbest on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Hint: not a Romney thread. Save yer powder.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Yes, but your quibble precludes the possibility that he may be tested – my usage allows that it’s possible.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM

My quiblle was no more petty than yours. Engaging in such hypotheticals in the context of a blog comment section is both absurb and wildly insulting. A bit like the $10,000 wager your candidate offered so haphazardly but a short time ago.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yeah, but does he fish?

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Crap, looks like I scared her off, Dr. probably sucks at fishing anyway.

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I want to remind people here that I was for Santorum prior to his 3-state sweep, and I was mocked, ridiculed, and sneered at.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

hehe…oh yeah, I should have figured. he’s the only person I talk to

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Poor Joey. So much for name recognition.

GarandFan on February 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Mitt Romney is the bestest

Basilsbest on February 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Goofiest reason to support Romney: He Saved the Olympics.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

A bit like the $10,000 wager your candidate offered so haphazardly but a short time ago.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

My candidate?
Nope. Disappointed Palinista looking forward to pulling a lever for anybody but Obama. Registered R in Massachusetts, but not a Romney guy. Try again.

And, my point was, if Dr. Tesla wants to pretend to be better than South Carolinians, he should at least get his adverbs right.

You and I are probably not even arguing at this point, other than about your mistaken belief that I’m a Romney supporter.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

ah, snap! Alcatraz is on

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I am a South Carolinian, and I was defending South Carolinians in general, by blaming it on the large black population in SC.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I want to remind people here that I was for Santorum prior to his 3-state sweep, and I was mocked, ridiculed, and sneered at.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Yup. That’s why we sneer.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I was wondering when you became a Mitt fan.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Lot of blacks are not that interested in politics unless there’s a black guy on the ballot. Lot of those blacks live in SC.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I was wondering when you became a Mitt fan.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I know, huh?

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:29 PM

massrighty was always a Mitt fan. Conservatives up there are Stalinists anywhere else.

I need to hit the hay, 3.45 am comes early and unlike most of you lazy people, I work.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I say, if Samuel Clemens wrote it, it can’t be racist.

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Not knowing who Joe Biden is? They’re better off for it. #demoralizedpostdronepollLeftie

libfreeordie on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I am a South Carolinian, and I was defending South Carolinians in general, by blaming it on the large black population in SC.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

No, your an offensive troll. You say crazy sh$t on purpose just to get people riled up and get attention.

Were only blacks polled, you dumba$$? My family is from SC too. White by the way and I have a few family members that probably couldn’t answer this.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

You and I are probably not even arguing at this point, other than about your mistaken belief that I’m a Romney supporter.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It would appear that I’ve been check-mated. Good show, old bean.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Were only blacks polled, you dumba$$? My family is from SC too. White by the way and I have a few family members that probably couldn’t answer this.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I never denied there are stupid white folk in SC too. Stupid people in every state of every skin color. Like Mitt Romney, for example.

I bet if you break down that 30% though, majority is black people. Just a theory.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

It would appear that I’ve been check-mated. Good show, old bean.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

No prob; you’re a proven good poster, and I’ve enjoyed the exchange.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

You and I are probably not even arguing at this point, other than about your mistaken belief that I’m a Romney supporter.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It would appear that I’ve been check-mated. Good show, old bean.

abobo on February 8, 2012 at 9:32 PM

:) Don’t be messing with Mass abobo. Your a good sport.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I think Mitt will be a great president.

itsnotaboutme on February 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Bwaaaahahahahahahahahaha

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

We were looking forward to you leaving; how can we miss you, if you won’t go away?

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:36 PM

abobo..didn’t mean the strike..my apologies.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

If you think majority of black kids try hard in school in South Carolina, you never lived in SC or you went to a mostly white school in SC. I went to a school probably 60% black, not a lot of white people can say that.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I bought all my drugs from black people…not many people would say that.

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I think it’s true that the less black people you know, the more likely you are to coddle them as a group.

I’ll let you think about that while I get my beauty sleep.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I need to hit the hay, 3.45 am comes early and unlike most of you lazy people, I work.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

So, go already!

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I suspect that the same poll could be held in just about any state in the US, and come up with very similar results.

I love my country to death, but there are a lot of stupid people in this country. I’m sure most of us could agree, the last presidential election proved that.

BruthaMan on February 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

In the same poll, comedian Stephen Colbert ranked tied for fifth in the list of most famous South Carolina natives. He placed behind Gov. Nikki Haley, Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, former Gov. Mark Sanford and Rep. Jim Clyburn.

If these same people CAN identify their 2 Senators and a Congressman, maybe this says more about Biden than these 30% of South Carolinians. Biden just isn’t worth recognizing.

Bitter Clinger on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

wait, Tesla’s leaving! aw snap :(

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I remember a radio show in NYC in 1980 sending a “reporter” out on the streets of Midtown to ask folks who the VP was. (It was Mondale, for the record.) Lots of New Yorkers had no clue.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

yeah, I don’t think this is new…Jay Leno’s been doing this for years. Nobody knows anything.

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I went to a school probably 60% black, not a lot of white people can say that.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Why did you take a poll? You like to use the words ” alot” and “most”. Some in my family did go to schools and were in the minority.
I am sure there is some data to show poor grades and test scores by racial background.
Your really spinning here. This is a poll about Biden not if blacks in SC “try hard in school”. Just stop.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Let’s see, this means that 70 percent of South Carolinians haven’t forgotten the name of the vice president who seems to come out of his hole about as often as the Groundhog Day groundhog.

Although I’m thinking that the point of this study is to allow people who despise Newt Gingrich to look down on South Carolinians in general. Why else single out South Carolinians in a poll like this for crying out loud?

Aitch748 on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I think it’s true that the less black people you know, the more likely you are to coddle them as a group.

I’ll let you think about that while I get my beauty sleep.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I coddle no one foolish man. You also do not know how many black people I know or have known.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Well, I guess this explains Newt’s victory in SC :)

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Although I’m t
hinking that the point of this study is to allow people who despise Newt Gingrich to look down on South Carolinians in general. Why else single out South Carolinians in a poll like this for crying out loud?

Aitch748 on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I think there’s lot of truth in that.

Ann Coulter even said South Carolina was returning to Democrat roots b/c Romney didn’t win the state. I thought that amazing assertion given how liberal Romney’s record is.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

…and the other 70 percent think he’s a moron.

LizardLips on February 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Aitch748 on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

+100

I posted earlier, every state would have similar results.

I remember a radio show in NYC in 1980 sending a “reporter” out on the streets of Midtown to ask folks who the VP was. (It was Mondale, for the record.) Lots of New Yorkers had no clue.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Howard Stern did too..in 08. Very Sad but funny.

I liked one earlier here. You have NY’s thinking Palin was BO’s VP.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I’m fairly certain beyond a doubt that I possibly know and have therefore coddled far fewer (if not even further) black people than you.

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I coddle no one foolish man. You also do not know how many black people I know or have known.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I wouldn’t doubti f you live in a lily white state like Vermont. Black people is an abstract concept for you as you don’t know them as individuals. All I’m saying is I know black kids didn’t try hard in school with a few exceptions. That doesn’t mean they are stupid, it’s just means they didn’t try hard in school. If you don’t try hard in school, it hurts you in the end.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Lily white and from Vermont. Your funny and you would be very wrong.

Fine, you have explained your experience. Still not the topic of the post.

Time for your beauty rest.

Later.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Massrighty, good to see you man!

Take care! I am saying GN.

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Poll: 30 percent of South Carolinians can’t identify Joe Biden as vice president

lucky b@stards….he’s infiltrated my nightmares!

Tim_CA on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

lates bazil

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM

bazil9 on February 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

/night, baz.

massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

“30 percent of South Carolinians can’t identify Joe Biden as vice president” Lucky them. The rest of us have nightmares over it.

joecollins on February 8, 2012 at 10:10 PM

yeah, I don’t think this is new…Jay Leno’s been doing this for years. Nobody knows anything.

DHChron on February 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM

I knew something, once. I forget what it was.

It might have been about the difference between Elephant Ivory and Mammoth Ivory.

trigon on February 8, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I would love to see this poll run in Delaware.

diogenes on February 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM

30 percent of South Carolinians can’t identify Joe Biden as vice president

I don’t live in SC and I don’t identify Biden as a Vice President either.

HotAirian on February 8, 2012 at 11:14 PM

…and the other 70 percent think he’s a moron.
LizardLips on February 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Thread winner right there.

Cleombrotus on February 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I would love to see this poll run in Delaware.
diogenes on February 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Oh wait. We have a challenger.

Cleombrotus on February 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I would label inability to identify Joe BiteMe as a benefit. What lucky people.

platypus on February 8, 2012 at 11:28 PM

It’s just one poll and just one state; let’s hope it’s not in any way representative of the American public at large

It’s worse for the American public at large:

Joe Biden update: Finally, some good news for Obama; 40% can’t name his VP

rukiddingme on February 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I bet if Joe Biden locked South Carolina in a storage closet, they’d know who he is.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 9, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I can’t identify Joe Biden as a Vice President, either. Not a real one anyway…

ghostwalker1 on February 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Where does SC rank among all 50 states?

liberal4life on February 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Almost 3 hours past your curfew and bottle time…and already you forgot there are 57 states!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Dr, you want to borrow my pole, got a gig if you want?

Bmore on February 8, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Oh oh! Watch your pole!

KOOLAID2 on February 9, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Has it not occurred to you, Tina, that 30% of South Carolinians might just be too ashamed to admit that Joe Biden could actually be the Vice-President of the United States?

paulus1 on February 9, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Sometimes the HotGas I find here anymore is really distressing. Noxious fumes of condescending smog.

What percentage of people should be able to identify such an incompetent, non-threatening inauspicious clown of a VP?

And instead of insulting South Carolinians when your state would probably score worse, how ’bout understand that SC voters were featured because it was a SC college that ran the poll–there is no evidence SC voters are more ignorant than, say, Ann Coulter.

SC is still a very red state. DrT is right. Black SC voters have lost every major election since 1976 (except Gov in ’96) and don’t care about anything other than keeping Jim Clyburn on his throne. They lose every race, so even when Obama won in 2008 the state went red and their votes didn’t matter. Why not vote for Little Alvin “Jim DeMint caused the recession–look it up” for Senate? Their vote was meaningless.

And you want to blame SC for going to Gingrich? (It’s so easy for fools to criticize.) SC voters thought they had an obligation to let the other 47 states hold a primary so we all wouldn’t get Romney thrust upon us as the default choice(at the time we didn’t know Santorum had won Iowa.) So if you get a chance to vote in your R primary, thank a South Carolinian voter.

rwenger43 on February 9, 2012 at 3:43 AM

YET THAT SAME 30% THEY CAN SPOT A SNAP CARD, A WELFARE CHECK AND A SECTION 8 VOUCHER FROM 1000 METERS, IN THE DARK, WHILE ITS RAINING….

ARIZONAVETERAN on February 9, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Watch Obama throw Biden under the bus this summer when the polls go sour and put Hillary in his place. The media will feast on this and give him the necessary cover he’ll need just as they did with this from the Snopes people.
snopes.com:%20Barack%20Obama%20at%20Columbia.webarchive

mixplix on February 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

I’d wager that 90% of that 29.3 % in the sample above voted for Obama and put the VP they don’t know (Biden) into office.

zoyclem on February 9, 2012 at 7:24 AM

30% of South Carolinians also can’t identify:

a) that their wives are actually their first cousins

b) a toothbrush

inklake on February 9, 2012 at 8:03 AM

… and fully 70% of the populace look at this plugged up blue dentured dolt and prefer NOT to recognize him as the Vice President.

Further, they are ashamed this gallumping asshat is even allowed to walk the streets without being under heavy restraint.

Selecting a senile, half bright, gaffe spewing simpleton as your Veep to deflect attention from your own staggering slovenly incompetence. That’s-

winning the future, the barky soetero way!

GrassMudHorsey on February 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Is it any wonder how this people voted for Gingrich?….This people are stupider than iowans.

Falz on February 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

President Obama keeps Vice President Joe to roam the nightclub circuit freely. Both are are happy with the combination.

MSGTAS on February 9, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Would someone please explain to me WHY y’all seem to think that this poll result should be a put down for South Carolinians? 30% could not name Joe Biden as vice president? That means that 70% DID name him as VP. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I would be willing to bet that my beautiful state of South Carolina scored higher on this poll than many other states would. Of cource a C score can always be improved upon. I think Democrats usually get about 30% of the votes in statewide elections. Hmmmmm……..

SandyToes on February 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

And for all of you non Mitt supporters who are not from Iowa or New Hampshire, You can THANK South Carolina for allowing your vote to count. If we had not voted for Newt, the media would have already called the nomination race over. You are welcome. Bless your hearts,

SandyToes on February 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Romney will be an even better president than Reagan.

bluegill on February 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Coming from YOU, that’s quite an endorsement.

listens2glenn on February 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I want to remind people here that I was for Santorum prior to his 3-state sweep, and I was mocked, ridiculed, and sneered at.
Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Yup. That’s why we sneer.
massrighty on February 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I’ve been for Santorum since before SC, and I haven’t sneered at.

DAMMIT, I will not be IGNORED !
I DEMAND equal treatment; how DARE you NOT sneer at me.

I WANT SOME SNEERING RIGHT NOW !

listens2glenn on February 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

…and the other 70 percent think he’s a moron.
LizardLips on February 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Thread winner right there.
Cleombrotus on February 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM

LizardLips post is good, but I like this one better.

I can’t identify Joe Biden as a Vice President, either . . . . .
ghostwalker1 on February 9, 2012 at 1:02 AM

listens2glenn on February 9, 2012 at 10:14 AM

OK, I’m having trouble with the math here:
29.3% came up with Biden
+25% came up with a big shrug
+3% came up with “the wrong name”
+3% came up with Cheney (which, apparently, isn’t a “wrong name”?)
—–
60%

That leaves 40% that answered …… what?!? No, I’m not going to bother to go to the original. You already have a) the right answer, b) no answer, and c) the wrong answer. WTH other answers are there? And how did 40% of the respondents come up with it/them?

GWB on February 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

GWB on February 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Doh! The 29.3% didn’t come up with Biden!
[Emily Litella voice] Never mind……..

GWB on February 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

All kidding and vitriol aside, I firmly believe the American public has never been more uninformed and stupid than they are now. Right here at the height of the Information Age. Unbelievable.

Crusty on February 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Are these South Carolina residents any worse than those interviewed on-the-street by Steven Crowder?

listens2glenn on February 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Women used to be good at cooking. Most young women think cooking is the man taking them out to eat at the Outback.

Dr. Tesla on February 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

So? Cooking is too important to left to the women.
Even at Outback. How many of them Mexicans are female?

Shambhala on February 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

This demonstrates the utter ignorance of the American public…again…even Biden is an easily-forgettable schmuck.

MelonCollie on February 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM

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