The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

05 December 2006

Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Don Imus, Howard Stern, Sean Hannity, Al Franken


New Survey Puts Hosts In Head-To-Head Matchup

In a head- to- head
matchup, who would win a presidential contest, Keith Olbermann or Bill O'Reilly?

Proving that some pollsters clearly have too much free time on their hands, Survey USA today published the results of a unique survey that asked respondents to select talk show hosts to be their next president.

Funny enough, Sean Hannity beat Al Franken, while Don Imus clobbered Howard Stern. And likely underscoring the fact that television ratings don't lie, O'Reilly bested his MSNBC rival.

For reasons unknown, Rush Limbaugh's name seems to have been left out of it.

From their release:

In Election for White House Among Media Celebrities: O'Reilly Beats Olbermann, Oprah Defeats Dobbs, Imus Stuffs Stern & Hannity Foils Franken, SurveyUSA Finds

VERONA, N.J., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In an election for President of the United States today, Don Imus defeats Howard Stern, Bill O'Reilly defeats Keith Olbermann, Oprah Winfrey defeats Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity defeats Al Franken, according to hundreds of statewide public opinion polls newly released by SurveyUSA.

The celebrity Head-to-Head pairings are the fun component of an otherwise serious and comprehensive look at the 2008 presidential election.

SurveyUSA interviewed 200,000 voters over 6 months.

Among the celebrities:

* Imus, running as a Republican, carries 49 states, and defeats Stern in an Electoral landslide, 504 Electoral Votes to 34.

* Oprah, running as a Democrat, defeats Dobbs, running as a Republican, 366 Electoral Votes to 172. Oprah carries 29 states plus the District of Columbia. Dobbs carries 21 states.

* O'Reilly, running as a Republican, defeats Olbermann running as a Democrat, 302 Electoral votes to 218. O'Reilly carries 34 states, Olbermann carries 16. But: 18 of those states are within the survey's margin of sampling error. Remove those and O'Reilly and Olbermann are in a shoot-out for the Oval Office that could be decided by hanging chads.

* Hannity, running as a Republican, edges Franken, running as a Democrat, 293 Electoral Votes to 245. Hannity carries 32 states. Franken carries 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Of course, this survey is far from perfect: Imus is clearly no Republican, while pitting Oprah against Dobbs is strange to say the least. But we do have SurveyUSA to thank for a good chuckle on a cold December day.

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  • The Olbywan partisans will probably claim that only voters ages 18-25 should be able to participate in the "election."

    By Blogger JD, at 05 December, 2006 22:59  

  • Yes, and Reagan, too, was elected, a washed up actor who, never too much in touch with reality, was obviously suffering from Alzheimers in his last term (remember that surreal trip down Highway 1 in his presidential debates?) and who callously—unconsiously really— supported the deaths of hundreds of thousands in Central American genocides against the Maya.

    Fortunately, now that Republican policies are hollowing out the the middle class and have involved us in pointless but expensive and bloody wars in the Mid-East, the electorate is beginnin to wake up to the threat that nutty Republicans pose to us all.

    By Blogger metrodorus, at 05 December, 2006 23:42  

  • Maloney,
    For a guy you have written off mulitple times, Imus sure has gotten a lot of recent ink from Drudge.

    P.S. You too are clearly not a Republican Maloney but something much more perverse.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 06 December, 2006 01:00  

  • The people at Survey USA must've been given WAY TOO MUCH FREETIME!

    SURVEY SAYS...(buzzer)

    Now get back to doing some real polls!!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 06 December, 2006 06:37  

  • Oh, dear, the muscleheads are rising up...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 06 December, 2006 07:54  

  • BELIEVE IT! Guess someone must read Kevin McCullough's blog

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 06 December, 2006 19:48  

  • And the afflicted shall lead them...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 06 December, 2006 23:38  

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