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Noem Needs New Name to Break into Polls; Dems More Diverse in News Tastes

An eager reader notes an opening for part-time Governor Kristi Noem to increase her standing in the polls for 2024. All she has to do is change her name to “Someone Else“:

New York Times/Siena College Research Institute, political poll, 849 U.S. registered voters responding, margin of error ±4.1%, conducted 2022.-7-05–07, retrieved 2022.07.12.
New York Times/Siena College Research Institute, political poll, 849 U.S. registered voters responding, margin of error ±4.1%, conducted 2022.-7-05–07, retrieved 2022.07.12.

Of course, Kristi could get even more votes and describe herself more accurately if she changed her name to “Don’t Know/Refused”.

The New York Times/Siena College poll also reminds us that Democrats aren’t nearly the Kool-Aid drinkers that Republicans are. While 29% of Republicans, cite Fox as their leading source of news (and that’s more than twice the size of the group of GOPers that turns primarily to Republicans’ second-most popular news sources, either the traditional national networks or local TV news), the typically cited bastion of liberal propaganda, MSNBC, is favored by only 6% of Democrats, making Rachel Maddow’s channel only the seventh-most popular primary new source among Democrats, behind the big three national networks, CNN, national newspapers, NPR (boo-yah!), local TV news, and social media.

NYT/Siena, 2022.07.05–07.
NYT/Siena, 2022.07.05–07—click to embiggen!.


  1. mike from iowa 2022-07-12 17:16

    Noem Nothing is short, sweet and highly accurate. Liar is also short and sweet and even more accurate.

  2. Arlo Blundt 2022-07-12 17:25

    My goodness, what a waste. All that time and money spent on consultants and out of state “talent”. Maybe its a bonus that she has expended her time and attention on her “campaign” and not had time to mess anymore with South Dakota institutions. Governor Noem has been a disaster.

  3. larry kurtz 2022-07-12 17:25

    Kristi Noem: have currycomb, will roam.

  4. 96Tears 2022-07-12 17:26

    My guess is part-time Governor Kristi Noem gained zero traction from her national exposure on CNN with Dana Bash. Plenty of eyeballs watched America’s Party Girl make a fool of herself, fumbling and mumbling over questions about that pregnant 10-year-old. If a loyal Trumpanzee watched that hot mess, they would cross Kristi off their list as too dumb to be taken seriously.

    I’d be interested a 1,500-sample poll on possible GOP presidential candidates among GOP primary voters across the nation with questions that gauged name recognition, whether voters are more likely or less likely to support candidates in their state primary and a battery of “if you knew (fill in the blank) about (candidate)” type questions. I suspect that now a lot more people know about Kristi Noem than they did a month ago, but that knowing more doesn’t mean they’d seriously consider her presidential material. Republicans don’t care about issues. They just want somebody who could win.

    Face it, Kristi, The Lew’s gonna drop you. He’s gonna leave you to languor with your hubby in that gated $3 million mansion on the glorified slough we call Capitol Lake.

  5. Mark Anderson 2022-07-12 17:41

    Well, MSNBC basically just tells the truth and Rachel Maddow is the best show in the business. Like many she’s tired of the grind of the truth vs. fiction. Foxies, the proper ganders have it easy.

    Noem is running for VP, not president, sooo she would work for either Trump or DeSantis. She simply needs to talk freedom, keep her hair hanging down, be nice to the boys and she’s in.

    Just imagine a debate with Harris and Noem. Specifics vs. Nothingness. Specifics will win where most people live and nothingness will sweep the rural areas. It’s a state of mind.

  6. Nick Nemec 2022-07-12 19:30

    Noem is running for VP.

  7. grudznick 2022-07-12 19:34

    Technically, Ms. Noem is running for Governor of South Dakota. Mr. Nemec and grudznick might be running for auditor of the state, but we’re not on the ticket just yet.

  8. larry kurtz 2022-07-12 19:42

    Mrs. Noem will be in Iowa more than in South Dakota for most of 2023 so expect her campaign war chest to eclipse John Thune’s.

  9. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-12 20:10

    Well, if she’s running for VP, then the less name she has right now, the better. She mustn’t be seen horning in on Donald’s screen time.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-12 20:21

    You know, I’ve never watched Maddow or any other show on MSNBC.

  11. jakc 2022-07-12 20:31

    larry, I remember a number of years ago seeing a well known SD politician apparently cannodling with a staffer at a hotel bar (conference in town). No names because I could have misinterpreted something, but I couldn’t help but think – you’re in Des Moines, not invisible

  12. Bob Newland 2022-07-12 20:56

    I predict the snow queen will be re-elected gubberner, then go into a funk as she sees interest in her wane among the media. She will try an outdoor channel tail-hunt show. When that fails, she’ll resign the gubbernership and remarket herself as a champion of eco-tourism in Central America.

  13. P. Aitch 2022-07-12 22:40

    But, the first Presidential primaries will no longer be in NH and Iowa. First will be in Nevada and second in Colorado because we want to diversify the process, away from pure white states.

  14. grudznick 2022-07-12 23:15

    My good friend Bob could be rhighter than rhight. This is why the Rhoden Rhangers stand rheady, for when Governor Noem rhesigns they’ll need to be a volunteer militia security force, to keep the ladies from storming the fence at the mansion.

  15. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 08:01

    The Iowa caucuses are important to Earth haters but not so much for us.

  16. mike from iowa 2022-07-13 09:00

    iowa primary was not first in the nation. The caucus was first in nation.

    Allow Loreena Mckennitt ease your troubled ears with “Night Ride Across the Caucasus”

  17. jakc 2022-07-13 12:36

    The Ds might move other states before the Iowa caucuses but the Rs are keeping Iowa first

  18. P. Aitch 2022-07-13 19:42

    Today’s national poll assessment from NYTimes.
    In short, traditional political allegiance among voting blocs has reversed.
    The Republicans Party has gained the blue collar vote and is gaining mightily among Mexican and Central American heritage voters.
    The Democratic Party has gained among wealthy, college graduates.
    – Among registered voters who never attended college, Republicans lead by almost 20 percentage points.
    – Among college graduates, Democrats lead by almost 30 points.
    – One startling comparison is that Democrats lead by almost as much among white college graduates as among all voters of color.
    – Dems and Repubs are in a statistical tie on the congressional ballot.
    – Dems’ fortunes are however bolstered by a slice of well-off socially liberal voters who disapprove of Biden’s performance — yet strongly support Democrats for other races.
    – NYTimes

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