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EXCLUSIVE: This Is The First Poll Of 2012 That Actually Asks The Hard Questions

Stephen Colbert is leading Jon Stewart 3-to-1 among Republicans, 1 in 5 voters think their vote is worth $100 or less, and a majority of respondents would personally like to suppress someone's vote. Welcome to Welcometoterranova's first-ever real live actual poll of swing-state voters, in partnership with our friends at Public Policy Polling.

EXCLUSIVE: This Is The First Poll Of 2012 That Actually Asks The Hard Questions

1. More than twice as many people think polls are more often skewed when they favor the other candidate or party.

2. 1 in 5 Americans think that if their candidate loses, either human civilization will be doomed or America will cease to be a great nation and they will move to Canada.


Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to think that their guy losing will lead to the end of human civilization (19% to 11%).

3. In a hypothetical head-to-head presidential matchup between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Republicans would vote for Colbert 3-to-1 while Democrats would vote for Stewart 3-to-1.

Among all swing-state voters, Jon Stewart would just barely beat out Stephen Colbert, 33% to 31% (with 36% unsure).

4. And avant-garde stage performer Clint Eastwood would beat out erstwhile TV megahost Oprah Winfrey 42% to 38%.

Even after the whole chair thing.

5. Oh, and it looks like Obama and Romney are tied at... wait for it...

...47% to 47%. Seriously.

6. Since money in politics is such a hot topic this election season, we asked voters how much they thought their vote was worth, in U.S. dollars. Two-thirds of respondents think their vote is priceless, but 20% think their vote is worth $100 or less.

7. We asked self-proclaimed undecided voters if they were actually undecided or if they were just saying that because they were actually not planning to vote but didn’t want to be judged for that.

Boldly, 0% admitted that was the case.

8. Since voter suppression is such an important issue this election year, we asked swing-state voters whose vote they personally would most like to suppress, if they could suppress just one person's vote.

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Anne Hebert, a marketing writer living in Austin, TX, jokes that her closest friends think that her hobby is "low-key harassment for social good". She authors a website devoted entirely to People Doing Good Things. She's hosted a yearly canned food drive with up to 150 people stopping by to donate, resulting in hundreds of pounds of donations to take to the food bank for the past decade.

"I try to share info in a positive way that gives people hope and makes them aware of solutions or things they can do to try to make the world a little better," she said.

For now, she's encouraging people through a barrage of persistent, informative, and entertaining emails with one goal in mind: getting people to VOTE. The thing about emailing people and talking about politics, according to Hebert, is to catch their attention—which is how lice got involved.

"When my kids were in elementary school, I was class parent for a year, which meant I had to send the emails to the other parents. As I've learned over the years, a good intro will trick your audience into reading the rest of the email. In fact, another parent told me that my emails always stood out, especially the one that started: 'We need volunteers for the Valentine's Party...oh, and LICE.'"

Hebert isn't working with a specific organization. She is simply trying to motivate others to find ways to plug in to help get out the vote.

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