Majority Of Americans Think ‘Cap-And-Trade’ Is About Hamburgers

by Jim Newell

Sometimes you wonder if pollsters ask themselves “Is this an insulting thing to ask people?” before dialing up the opinionated American electorate. But no, not insulting, just revealing: “Given a choice of three options, just 24% of voters can correctly identify the cap-and-trade proposal as something that deals with environmental issues. A slightly higher number (29%) believe the proposal has something to do with regulating Wall Street while 17% think the term applies to health care reform. A plurality (30%) have no idea.” Hmm, looks to us like a majority (76%) “have no idea.” The other 24% are just queers. [Rasmussen via Yglesias]

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Come here a minute May 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Sounds like a baseball thing to me. No? Football?

Tommmcatt May 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

In the land of the dumb, the half-wit guy is Rush Limbaugh.

frumious_bandersnatch May 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I thought it was level four of that learn-to-put-a-condom-on-using-your-mouth game. No wonder folks stopped accepting my invitations to games night…

kudzu May 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I think it has to do with buying and selling Truck Nutz, does it?

freakishlystrong May 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

The other 19% thought it was about Dijon Mustard on hamburgers…

51dimes May 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

[re=313558]Come here a minute[/re]: All I know is that if my Seahawks don’t get in this, I’m going to be pissed.

Crab1 May 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Something about queers marryin’ like regular US Americans, right?

dijetlo May 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

where is the alt text for this picture?
and why isn’t this dog playing cards?

Merry Christen May 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Who cares what a cap and queer is, or whatever the fuck you said. All I care about is who’s dog is that!?!?! He is SO CUTE!!!

The Cold Sea May 11, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Sounds like secret Republican men’s bathroom sexy time double speak.

Merry Christen May 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Sorry again, grammer Nazis….WHOSE dog is that?

heuristicdevice May 11, 2009 at 4:26 pm

To be fair, cap and trade advocates usually aren’t sure what cap and trade is all about.

bitchincamaro May 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I thought it was “cap and gown”. Aren’t we all graduating this week?

SayItWithWookies May 11, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I thought it had to do with the psychedelic mushroom market. Which reminds me, I’ve gotta see a guy about some T-Bills.

Accordion-o-rama May 11, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I thought Cap’n Trade was a kids’ comic strip.

Custerwolf May 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Isn’t cap and trade where you shoot someone, then switch guns with them? Maybe I’m thinking of something else.

One Yield Regular May 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Yes, but to be absolutely fair, that 24% thought the pollster said “Carriage trade.”

SayItWithWookies May 11, 2009 at 4:59 pm

[re=313652]Custerwolf[/re]: That’s self-defense, LAPD (Ramparts division) style. “The suspect was alive and pointing a gun at me — just not at the same time.”

Joshua Norton May 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Dems make up limp wristed, dumb ass names for their bills. Repugs make up nice descriptive names. Cap and Trade? What the F*** are they talking about. They must try to use the word “death” in everything. Call it the “Keep all Americans from choking to death” Bill.

If they had a bill called “Pass this bill NOW or all your children will die” it would have been a law now. Instead they pull something weak sounding like “S CHIP” out of their ass and expect us to pay attention.


V572625694 May 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

[re=313657]SayItWithWookies[/re]: +1 !!!1!!one!uno!eins!

Uncle Sam May 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I had to bang EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson to find out what it was.

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engulfedinflames May 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

i rest my case

Jukesgrrl May 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Cap and trade – card check x subprime redistributions + job losses = trucknutz for everyone

azw88 May 11, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I thought cap and trade was something you did with ugly women at wife-swapping parties. You put a cap over her face so someone is willing to trade his milf for your dog-faced skank.

Red Zeppelin May 11, 2009 at 6:57 pm

[re=313781]azw88[/re]: [re=313781]azw88[/re]: That’s jes cold.

Zorg May 11, 2009 at 7:00 pm

As Sir Winston Churchill once observed, “The best argument against Democracy is a ten-minute conversation with an average voter.” Or did he say “five-minute?” Damn. Either way, I miss the old Monarchy.

HipHopOpotamus May 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I thought cap n trade was what those teenagers were doing when they get to school and change their outfits with friends so their parents didn’t know what they wore at school? I could’ve sworn I saw it on an episode of Degrassi.

Red Zeppelin May 11, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Is that dog wanking, or what?

Mad Farmer Manifest May 11, 2009 at 8:34 pm

This is why America will explode in a big fireball of doom, followed by zombies.

Bruno May 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

If you’re going to ask if people have no idea, you should at least come up with some better bullshit answers, like Outsourcing the Baseball Cap Industry to China, or something to do with tin-foil hats, or those pointy german military helmets (typically worn by those in motorcycle side cars).

ALIVE! May 11, 2009 at 11:21 pm

[re=313678]Joshua Norton[/re]: Bullseye.

Custerwolf May 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

[re=313991]ALIVE![/re]: Thanks for pointing that comment out to me. Missed it somehow.

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