Nuclear-Security Summit Vox Pops: Worthless, I Say!
The Washington Post is touting a poll showing “muted expectations” amongst the public for what President Obama’s nuclear-security summit will achieve.
Overall, 40 percent of those polled are convinced the negotiations will result in tighter controls, and 56 percent are not so or not at all confident. Moreover, four times as many express zero confidence in the summit than are sure of its success.
And the purpose of polling on this is… what, exactly? It’s cost-free to express skepticism to a pollster about the future achievements of diplomatic summits. The summit itself is supposed to create increased national commitments to secure plutonium and highly-enriched uranium, and to focus international attention around the goal of securing all such material in four years. In other words, the sort of thing that’s easy to be skeptical about and which won’t be immediately measurable. If anything, the most surprising result from this poll is that four in ten are convinced in the summit’s success. But why poll on this at all?