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Pollen Poll 2012: Pollenation Election

The Pollen Poll is not scientific — merely a snapshot of the thoughts and opinions of Pollenites in the context of the upcoming elections.

Meghan Murphy
Welcome to the 2012 Pollen Poll! We were very excited to see the strong interest in the poll. There were many thoughtful responses to our open ended questions, and we’ve picked ten from each to share. You can read all of the responses we got for both questions here and here

We’d like to remind you that the Pollen Poll is not scientific—we merely intend to show you a snapshot of the the thoughts and opinions of Pollenites in the context of the upcoming elections. Again, huge thanks to all that shared your opinions and thoughts.


What best describes your personal political philosophy? 

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 Who do you support as the next President of the United States? 


Who do you believe will actually be elected the next President of the United States?


Do you support the Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman?


Do you think the Marriage Amendment will pass? 


Do you support the Voter ID Amendment? 


Do you think the Voter ID Amendment will pass? 


If you were interviewing candidates for the position of President of the United States, what would you ask them?

What story from your personal history would you like to share with my eight year old son?

What has been the biggest mistake you have made while serving in office?

Why shouldn’t you be President?

You have often spoken of the importance of reaching across party lines and compromising. In a compromise situation, what of your own agenda would you be willing to concede?

What are the greatest challenges of moving from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based economy, and what is the role of government in navigating them, AND what are the greatest challenges of moving from a carbon-based energy model to green energy, and what is the role of government in navigating them?


According to a number of indicators (e.g., public health, education), the U.S. is losing ground to other countries. Getting past the notion of “American exceptionalism,” please choose one key area where the U.S. is falling behind, and explain what you will do as president to improve it.

Tell me what you have done, or will do, to stop backscratching (i.e. you do this for me and I’ll do that for you) in governance. How can you prove that your decision making can’t be “bought”?

What skills do you possess that will help you bring people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together to make decisions?



Brief Presidential Job Description:

Seeking smart, grounded individual with very high emotional intelligence & personal moral standards to lead country. Must have graduate degree in related field, and strong foreign policy background. Good public speaking skills preferred. Empathy for all a must. Cute family dog optional.

Balance the voice of the people with the wisdom of experts and the realities of politics to create and ensure a culture of sustainability for our nation and our planet.

Solve the problems that are within your power – with a mandate from the people who elected you. Leave the US a better place than when you started.

Chief Operating Officer and Jack of all Trades for the USA. Endless compassion and intellectual curiosity. Highest integrity. Runs on less than 6 hours sleep per day. Thickest skin ever. Believer in equality for everyone. Global thinker. Caretaker of God’s green earth. Respect for humankind.

Corporate planning for the country. Planning, tactical implementation, review and appraisal, supported by a budget.

To lead our nation and its armed forces, represent all of its citizens, and shape the policies of our government to best meet the needs of our country and world in the 21st century.

The leader of the many, a voice for the people. The president must be strategic, with the ability to delegate. Sh/e must be compassionate yet confident. Must be able to execute and keep calm under pressure.

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