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New poll shows race is still extremely close

A SurveyUSA poll released yesterday shows these results:

Bachmann 47 Wetterling 44 Binkowski 7 Undecided 2

The margin of error is 3.9%.

Here is the methodology.

I think that this poll significantly overstates support for John Binkowski, and significantly understates the number of undecided voters.

There is good news for Patty Wetterling in this poll; the last SurveyUSA poll showed a 50-41 gap in favor of Bachmann, which is now significantly closer. The trend in most recent polls has shown a significantly narrower gap than in the first two polls which were released for the Sixth. However, the race has been extremely tight all along; at no point did any poll show a result very much outside of the margin of error.

This race will come down to the wire, but the trend for Wetterling is encouraging.

Props to GOP WIngman at BvW for picking this one up.


Speaking of Michelle Bachmann, I wonder if her gay-converting husband Marcus knows THIS GUY?

'Ex-gay' psychologist claims Africans 'better off' as slaves

by Brentin Mock

Oct. 6, 2006 -- A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and the civil rights movement was "irrational."

"There is another way, or other ways, to look at the race issue in America," writes Gerald Schoenewolf, a member of NARTH's Science Advisory Committee. "Africa at the time of slavery was still primarily a jungle... Life there was savage ... and those brought to America, and other countries, were in many ways better off."

NARTH is a coalition of psychologists who believe it's possible to "cure" homosexuality, a position rejected by the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association. The controversy over Schoenewolf's apology for slavery has battered the so-called "ex-gay" movement with accusations of racial bigotry for the first time. The movement's leaders and their close allies at Christian Right powerhouses like Focus on the Family have failed to condemn Schoenwolf's inflammatory arguments.

Titled "Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History," Schoenewolf's angry polemic was published on NARTH's website. In addition to his outrageous historical claims about the conditions of life in Africa, he writes that human rights proponents are intellectually stunted. (Schoenewolf draws upon Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget, who theorized four stages of intellectual development, with the most advanced stage consisting of abstract and complex thinking. "[F]ollowers in the Human Rights Movement," have not reached this stage, according to Schoenewolf.)

Schoenewolf, a psychotherapist who lives in New York City, is director of The Living Center, an online therapy center for people in the arts. He has authored 14 books, among them The Art of Hating, in which he writes, "Many people talk about hate, but few know how to hate well."

When interviewed last week for this article, Schoenewolf stood by his comments on the intellectual inferiority of civil rights movement supporters. "The civil rights movement has from the beginning and today seen itself as good and others are evil, like slaveowners are evil," he said.

During the interview, Schoenewolf lambasted civil rights, women's rights, and gay rights. "All such movements are destructive," he said. He also claimed the American Psychological Association, of which he is a member, "has been taken over by extremist gays."