Gore “Too Knowledgeable” For Highest Office, Bush Better Dinner Companion, Poll Finds

Thursday, August 31st, 2000

Published 18 years ago -

By Dan Geddes

NEW YORK—A recent NBC/New York Times poll found that 42% of likely voters find Vice President Al Gore “too knowledgeable” for the highest office in the land. In contrast, Governor George W. Bush was found “too knowledgeable” by only 7% of likely voters.

The poll was given to 823 adults who answered their telephones between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on weeknights. Respondents were asked: “Do you feel that [Al Gore /George W. Bush ] is too knowledgeable, too much of a know-it-all, to be President?”

Governor Bush, however, scored much higher in the follow-up question: “With which Presidential Candidate would you like to sit waist-high in gravy and eat pork rinds?” receiving an impressive 53% of the vote. Pat Buchanan scored second, receiving 20% of the vote, to Nader’s 14% and Gore’s abysmal 13%. In an attempt to improve his rating, Gore recently appeared in a Nashville, Tennessee VFW hall seated in a large vat of chicken broth, and invited concerned citizens to join him for pork rinds and political discussion.

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