This presidential election has been described by many as one in which morality mattered most to voters. But that perception may be driven at least partially by how pollsters asked voters about their priority issues. Whether voters named "moral values" their key issue partly depended on whether that subject was included in a list of choices provided by pollsters, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released Thursday. When "moral values" was included in poll questions, it was named more often than any other issue. But when voters were just asked to name the issue most important in their vote for president without being given a list of answers moral values trailed the war in Iraq and the economy, according to the Pew survey.
; Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2004
ELECTION EXIT POLL, NOV. 2, 2004
What is the top issue facing voters in this election?
Which of the following qualities matters most to you in a candidate for president of the United States?
Compared to four years ago, are you:
In the recent campaign, did either candidate engage in personal attacks you found offensive?
When did you decide who you were going to vote for in this election?
Which of these would you most like to have waiting for you when you leave the voting booth?
If the liberals in Congress make it OK for homosexual couples to buy joint property, how important will it be that every new home be built with its own baptismal font for emergency interventions?
A train carrying 400 feminazis leaves San Francisco at 5 p.m. traveling 110 mph. Another train carrying 350 Promise Keepers leaves Tupelo at 3:57 p.m. traveling 125 mph. Which group will get to Salt Lake City in time to vote for an incumbent president with strong moral values?
Suppose you couldn't vote for a candidate with strong moral values. What would it take to get you to vote Democratic instead?
What the hell is wrong with Tara Reid, anyway?
A rabbi, a priest and a guy with strong moral values walk into a bar. The bartender asks what they'll have. The rabbi orders a white-wine spritzer. The priest orders a hot toddy. The last guy says, "Nothing for me, thanks! I'm already full of moral values!"
If another election were to be held next week, how big a role do you think moral values would play in determining your vote?