PUBLIC OPINION > Governor Christie's Sandy Jokes Were Fine
SodaHead TV 2012/11/20 21:00:00
When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey a few weeks ago, Governor Chris Christie put politics on the back burner to focus on the disaster. In his state, at least 35 people lost their lives. But this Saturday, Christie appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in a skit centered on the hurricane. We asked the public if it was okay for him to make light of the situation.
The public was pretty split over the skit, with just over half condoning it. Most of the people who thought the skit was okay emphasized that it was relatively harmless, suggesting people were overreacting or exaggerating what was said. Others argued there's no excuse for making light of a disaster like that, saying the skit was insensitive and in bad taste. But how did people react where most of the damage was done?
Laughter Is the Best Medicine
In New York and New Jersey, where the death toll was highest, respondents were actually more likely to say the skit was okay. More than three-fourths of New York residents were okay with it, and nearly two-thirds of New Jersey residents felt the same. The states least entertained by the skit were Texas, Illinois, and Wyoming.
Women Are Wary
There was also a significant correlation in the gender demographic -- female respondents were 18% more likely to criticize the "SNL" skit, totaling less than half of the female respondents. As we've seen in other polls, women typically do opt for the more sensitive option, though usually by less than 18%.
Liberals More Likely to Laugh
Finally, politics appears to have some relation to how people voted. Hardly any conservative voters found the skit funny. Normally, this might suggest that we were talking about a liberal politician, but Christie is actually a Republican. However, reading through the comments, it's evident that many Republicans are unhappy with him. Liberals, on the other hand, seemed to like him.
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