One in Five in South Carolina ‘Kinda Somewhat Likely’ to Vote for Stephen Colbert, Marist Poll Says


You read that headline right. The Marist Poll came out with some stats today that say that nearly 20% of voters in South Carolina are “kinda somewhat likely” to vote for Stephen Colbert to be president of the United States.

Playing along with the political satire (or whatever we should be calling this) that is Colbert’s push for the presidency, the folks at Marist decided to seek out information about voters’ stance on Colbert in an unusual manner. Well, actually, Marist Poll got all its results through its standard methodology, they say, but decided to offer some rather uniquely-worded conclusions.

“If Stephen Colbert were to run for president of the United States of South Carolina, almost one in five of South Carolina’s potential Republican primary electorate — 18% — say they are at least kinda somewhat likely to cast their ballot for Colbert,” the Marist Poll says. “This includes 4% who are very likely, 7% who are somewhat likely, and 7% who are kinda somewhat likely to support Colbert. However, 13% report they are not too likely, and 56% say they are not likely at all to back Colbert. Eight percent don’t know enough about him, and 4% are unsure.”

So for those who want to see the Colbert Report host be president, or at least make some waves, “at least kinda somewhat likely” is definitely a start!

If you want to learn more about what Colbert is doing and how he’s exposing the absurdity of super PACs — organizations that can accept unlimited amounts of money and support candidates as long as they are not “coordinating” with them — we recommend this recent New York Times Magazine cover story on the comedian.

In an unexpected twist this week (though, let’s be real, all of this is rather unexpected), Colbert’s super PAC, now headed by Daily Show host Jon Stewart, endorsed GOP hopeful Herman Cain, who dropped out last year.

The “Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC,” is pushing for support for Colbert in a rather backwards way, by rallying for a candidate who is “so similar” to Colbert, but not Colbert himself.

But we digress. Let’s get back to the poll, which offers some other rather ridiculous conclusions:

-The fact that Colbert once had a Super PAC is least liked. 10% of the potential Republican primary electorate would be more likely to back Colbert while 63% would be less likely to do so.

-If Colbert were a woman named Stephanie Colbert, 14% would be more likely to rally for Colbert while 66% would be less likely to tout him.

-Having the same initials as South Carolina hurts Colbert’s level of support. Only 13% would be more likely to back him while 70% would be less likely to throw their support toward Colbert.

Read here for more odd conclusions.

Runnin’ Scared caught up with Lee Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion this morning to discuss this rather unprecedented presidential campaign — and, as result, rather unusual poll.

“The political satire that they’ve been doing with the super PAC is getting some attention and it’s being reflected in the numbers,” said a chuckling Miringoff. “People are responding to him…I think they’re trying to make a comment on the process, and they’ve been very successful in doing that.”

“I don’t think we would usually use the phrase ‘kinda somewhat likely’ in a question,” he said, adding that this unique designation allows them to reach double digits. But don’t worry — “We conducted [this poll] with our usually rigorous methodology,” he said.

And for those of you worried about Colbert coordinating with the Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC, fear not. In his interactions with the comedian and his staff, Miringoff says they are taking this rule quite seriously.

“When you are talking to them, you have people designated to work on the super PAC and people who work on the show. That line is drawn pretty seriously,” he said.