The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly shaking his head.
The poll comparing possible Democratic and Republican match ups in the 2016 presidential race shows that Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn’t even entered the race, would win against any of the Republican candidates in head-to-head competition.
“So why would you vote for him?” O’Reilly questioned during his Talking Points Memo in his Sept. 30 show. “Talking Points believes the answer to that question is kind of cruel: Many Americans are simply dumb. They don’t know what’s going on, they don’t pay attention, they don’t care.”
Specifics on the poll taken Sept. 20-24 show that Biden would beat GOP front-runner Donald Trump 56 percent to 35 percent. A contest with Ben Carson would be closer with Biden winning 49 percent to 41 percent. It’s closer yet going against Carly Fiorina, beating her 47 percent to 41 percent. Getting an establishment GOP nominee does no good because the poll indicates that Biden would win against Jeb Bush 48 percent to 40 percent.
O’Reilly pointed out that the real oddity in the poll is the second question about citizens’ perceptions of America’s future. According to poll data, 62 percent of those questioned said this country was on the wrong track while only 30 percent said the United States was headed in the right direction.
Yet, Biden wins in the match up polling even with most believing America is headed in the wrong direction. The Fox News host said Biden agrees with what President Barack Obama has done during his time in office. Those actions have resulted in a poor economy and a bad foreign policy, he said. The only plausible explanation is that voters don’t know what is happening, he said.
“You don’t have to real in the real world anymore,” O’Reilly said, alluding to an idea that everyone is getting their information from social media. “Used to be drugs and alcohol obliterated reality. Now its your hand-held device or PC.”
O’Reilly presumes there are 60 percent of voters who could be persuaded in politics, but contends the masses don’t know enough to cast a ballot.
Political pundit Charles Krauthammer said Biden’s image remains abstract for now because he isn’t running. He predicts that Biden’s numbers will drop once he announces his candidacy.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll indicates that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is losing ground to top contender Bernie Sanders. She leads Sanders by 15 points if Biden stays out of the race, but that tightens to a 7 percent gap if Biden decides to run. Hilton had a 34 percent lead over Sanders in July and a 60-point lead in June.
On the Republican side, the poll suggests that Trump and Carson are running in a virtually tied race with Trump at 21 percent and Carson at 20 percent. Fiorina and Rubio are tied for third place.