Polling question I’d like to see

Rank-order the candidates, based on their debate performance.

Based solely on their performances in the two debates so far, please tell me which of the four candidates you’d most like to have as President: George W. Bush, John F. Kerry, Richard Cheney, or John Edwards?

Who would be your second choice?

Your third choice?

Your last choice?

I suspect — though of course I could easily be projecting — that the results would be Kerry, Edwards, Cheney, Bush. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cheney edged Edwards, though, at least unless and until the press pins Cheney’s lying on him.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com