Pollster looks deep for meaning on Presidential race (Lorentey at flickr.com)

With many polling firms all reporting a Presidential race that has remained boringly static for months, it is not surprising that some pollsters are trying to be extra creative to stand out from the pack.  But this set of questions from an actual poll of swing states by Purple Strategy takes it to a bizarre new level. From Purple Strategy:

Purple State voters are more evenly divided about which candidate more closely resembles common animals.  President Obama is seen as closer to the family dog (by 4 points), but independent voters connect Romney by 5 points.  Obama is closer to a cat.

But which candidate is the snake?  It’s a split decision.  Overall, Purple State voters believe that Romney is more like a snake by a small 2-point margin.  But there’s a 9-point swing among independents, who believe that President Obama is the snake in the race (by 7 points).  With months of negative ads ahead of us, there’s plenty of room for movement on both sides.

The poll also asked about which candidate most closely resembled a fox and a lion. The public was nearly perfectly split on those two questions. While one could try to make some point about how Obama being more closely associated with house pets demonstrates he is more likeable, I can’t possibly imagine how anyone would find this data useful.

In fairness, though, the utter strangeness of the questions did get me to write about a poll with an otherwise completely uneventful result. Like basically all other recent polls, it shows the race close, but Obama has a slight edge. The race is Obama 47 percent to Romney 45 percent in the twelve swing states.