Don’t poll about polls

I’ve read the report a few times, and as best as I can tell, this isn’t a joke.

Most voters believe the popularity boost President Obama has received following the killing of Osama bin Laden will disappear quickly, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.

Almost three in five likely voters think the “bin Laden bounce” will vanish within three months, the poll indicates. Only one in four believes that Obama will still be benefitting in six months’ time.

So, let me get this straight. After President Obama announced the bin Laden news, news organizations put polls in the field and found his support had gone up. That makes sense — the media wanted to measure whether the killing of the al Qaeda leader affected the president’s standing, and it had.

But this is something different. The Hill conducted a poll asking people what they think might happen with other polls.

We’re in an environment in which we’re polling about Obama … and we’re polling about Obama polls.

Look, I enjoy going through survey data as much as the next political junkie, but this is deeply silly.