Up until recently, Fake Social Science was suffering very low self-esteem. Nobody cared about us. Then we realized that nobody cared about Real Social Science either, so that made us feel a little better. But then we further realized that, like Rhythmic Gymnastics and the 4 x 400 Relay in the Summer Olympics, everybody does care about Real Social Science for a little while once every four years. So that made us feel rotten again.
"But why? Why?" we moped, "What has Real Social Science got that we ain't got?" And then it hit us. Everyone cares about who's going to win the Presidential election and Real Social Science provides the polling data that people use to track the contest. Well, heck, we can do that, we figured. Easy. So, in our own desperate and needy bid for relevance, Fake Social Science is proud to present: The Putsch Poll™ of Presidential Preference! Please raise our self-esteem by taking the First Annual Putsch Poll™ below.
Many Republicans are concerned about the electability of the remaining candidates in the field and are hoping for a late entry to ride to their rescue (a White Knight). Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey, Mitch Daniels of Indiana, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and Senator Marco Rubio and former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida are among the high-profile names mentioned. So, today we start off with the first in our series of polls about the possible GOP White Knights.
Thanks, and enjoy!
One of the concerns about that electability concern, though, is that the visual image projected by a potential White Knight may be a detriment on the campaign trail, regardless of creditable character traits or sound issues positions.
Therefore, to control only for projection of public image, the identities of the persons shown below have been carefully concealed. What we would like for you to do is to look at each person shown and indicate whether you would or would not vote for that person for President of the United States.
Your answers are open-ended, that is, you can say anything you want about any of the persons depicted. However, since Fake Social Science does not have the armies of graduate students Real Social Science has to code and collate open-ended answers, we've helped you along by filling in the open-ended answers for you. Saves you and us both a lot of trouble.