For reasons known only to the wizards at Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm's latest round of polling on 2012 presidential matchups includes none other than (quoting the news release) "failed Tennessee gubernatorial candidate and viral video sensation Basil Marceaux."
Barack Obama beats Marceauxdotcom 46-21 in a hypothetical 2012 general election matchup. Obama's edge is 85-3 among liberals and 57-11 among moderates, but conservatives prefer Marceaux to Obama by a healthy 42-14 margin. Segmented by party instead of ideology, Republicans favor Marceaux over Obama by a 42-7 margin.
If you were wondering how delusionally deep GOP loathing for Obama runs, now you know. But there's more:
Marceaux's favorables stand at 3 percent overall, with 16 percent evaluating him unfavorably and 81 percent "not sure" (which we gather is survey respondent code for "who the hell?"). Broken down by race and ethnicity, Mdotcom scores highest with Hispanics at 7 percent favorable.
Lastly — and we are not making this up — the poll asked respondents if they had ever smoked marijuana. Those who have inhaled are more likely to favor Obama in a head-to-head matchup with Marceaux (preferring Obama 50-21) than those who haven't (preferring Obama 45-23), which restores perhaps a small dose of faith in stoner wisdom on political matters.
Unfortunately, all the pairings in this survey were one-on-ones with Obama. So we'll have to wait for future polling on the enticing prospect of a dream Palin-Marceauxdotcom matchup.