Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ilitch Polls Even With Three Republican Candidates

Gongwer got their hands on a poll conducted by the Mellman Group out of DC, and I thought I'd throw it out here simply because I'm super pissed off about the incredibly sexist notion being floated that voters wouldn't accept another "blonde female" for governor. A recent edition of Lansing's version of the Church of the Savvy had a good giggle over that, with Christoff implying that issue has been raised in Democratic circles.

Really? Can you imagine the same thing being said about a white guy after the Bush years? Or any guy at all? Me neither. So here is the poll, probably leaked on purpose, but so what. I'll bite.

It tested Ms. Ilitch against Oakland Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Attorney General Mike Cox and U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra. It was unclear who paid for the survey.

Ms. Ilitch received 31 percent against 30 percent for Mr. Bouchard, 32 percent against 30 percent for Mr. Cox and 32 percent against 33 percent for Mr. Hoekstra. The balance in each of the match-ups was undecided.

The survey was conducted among 600 registered voters and had an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

What does it mean? Absolutely nothing at this point, except that she holds her own against these gentlemen right from the start, and perhaps the pundit class and Democratic leaders should dismiss the idea that voters would have a "blonde female" bias right away. After all, if Republicans want to try and use that, it might be a boon to the party - an attack her gender could backfire in a big way.

I know it pushed my buttons, being one of those "blonde females" myself, but I wouldn't vote for someone based solely on gender - and I would hazard a guess that by now, an overwhelming majority of the voters would feel the same way. So, let's knock off the stupid, and find out where she stands on the issues - assuming she wants to run at all.