Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Law Profs: Obama 72%, Romney 19%

Romney ObamaLaw Profs back President Obama over Mitt Romney 72% to 19%, according to Brian Leiter's poll.

Update #1:  Brian Leiter closed the poll with 420 votes cast and a final tally of Obama 69%, Romney 22%.  See The Law Professors Have Spoken:

I'm impressed (or distressed) by the strong showing for the Republican, and surprised by the tepid support for both Johnson and Stein.  As further evidence that legal academics lean to the right, do contrast the results when I polled philosophers on the election!

Update #2:  Ann Althouse (Wisconsin) has followed up with her own poll:  the vote of her readers is currently Romney 88%, Obama 3% (the President is losing to Libertarian Gary Johnson (7%)).

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Ha! I would never have imagined that someone might describe the Tea Party as silent!

Posted by: Robert Ricketts | Nov 1, 2012 4:35:31 PM

Well, Drud, Fox News is free to report Ann's results. We will see they do as you insinuate they will.
The problem with all polls is that they ignore the Tea Party. Many of its members decided to go silent, and work hard to go door to door and get out the vote, and to say nothing about it. Many and perhaps most of them refuse to respond to polls, as part of their attempts to stay silent.
If that is the case, the polls do not include their views, and that puts their reliability in question. You cannot gauge the voting of a group that refuses to talk with you, by sampling the rest.


Posted by: Daniel | Oct 31, 2012 1:55:48 PM

What the F do you expect? Law professors are federal employees - they know where their money comes from. Crony-capitalist shills wreaking untold destruction on the youth. The youth aren't going to take it for very much longer.

Posted by: alur | Oct 31, 2012 1:49:41 PM

Well this poll speaks volumes on the blatant inability of 'lefty law professors' to observe the blinding incompetence of the Kenyan Kommie Klown...

I don't know that RINO Romeny will be a better choice but sure he can't be worse...

Posted by: juandos | Oct 31, 2012 1:27:42 PM

Question: What are the differences between the Harvard Law faculty and the North Korean Politburo?

Answer: Well, for starters, the North Koreans are more intellectually diverse, open to new ideas, and willing to speak truth to power.

Posted by: MarkJ | Oct 31, 2012 1:21:14 PM

I'd like to see a poll of just tax law professors.

Posted by: Nick | Oct 31, 2012 12:23:54 PM

What a shock. Diversity only counts for skin color or shape -- not diversity of thought.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 31, 2012 10:23:01 AM

Or as FoxNews would report the Althouse poll:

"Romney leading 87% to 4% according to a Wisconsin Poll. Obama team worried and Obama headed to Green Bay!"

Posted by: Drud | Oct 31, 2012 10:22:08 AM

The poll was easily manipulable. Using Chrome's incognito window, you could easily vote more than once. I know this because after I had voted for someone other than Obama about 20 times in the span of about 1 minute, the poll was taken offline, and the results were "final". Coincidence?

Posted by: anon | Oct 31, 2012 7:34:45 AM

What a surprise? A bunch of teachers vote democratic? Seems to me that everyone on the government payroll or who have jobs with comp levels only justified by history vote to maintain the status quo.

Posted by: JayGo | Oct 31, 2012 6:51:56 AM

Maybe if the Repulican Party weren't criminall insane, it would be a more even split!

Posted by: Brian | Oct 31, 2012 6:22:26 AM

Maybe if universities stopped their discriminatory hiring practices this would be a more even split. :P

Posted by: Brendan | Oct 31, 2012 5:40:07 AM

That's not really a poll of law professors, is it? Everyone can click the vote button there and I highly doubt that only (not even in the majority?) law professors read his (or this) blog.

Posted by: Nota-US-lawprofessor | Oct 31, 2012 3:30:39 AM

Big surprise.

Why should *anyone* care what a bunch of 2%'er placement statistic frauds and profiteers have to say?

This is like asking the pirate's parrot for investment advice.

Posted by: cas127 | Oct 31, 2012 3:19:53 AM