In response to my discussion of Kevin Drum’s wonderment that pollsters don’t guage the depth of support, Kevin McGehee has proposed an excellent modified Likert scale:

Q.: How strongly committed to this candidate are you?

  • I would commit mass murder and ritual suicide to get him/her/it/them elected.
  • I would commit mass murder, but not ritual suicide.
  • I would commit ritual suicide, but not mass murder.
  • I would kick a puppy in public to get him/her/it/them elected.
  • I might be willing to kick a puppy in private.
  • I would pretend to kick a puppy, but only if it was a stuffed puppy I won at a carnival.
  • I only told you I supported this candidate because I wanted to get rid of you — I don’t even live in the state, I’m here on business and am staying in a hotel.
  • No hablo ingles.


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  1. Bob Hawkins says:

    “I become homicidal when people question my support.”