What’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio Doing in the NBC/WSJ Poll on 2016 and National Security?

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll is making the media rounds Wednesday for some striking numbers that show mixed support for Hillary Clinton and high numbers for U.S. retaliation against the Islamic terrorist network ISIS.

But what does the controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio have to do with anything?

One of the survey questions curiously asks respondents to rate their “feelings” toward some things, including President Barack Obama, the Republican Party and some potential 2016 figures.

Sandwiched between Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney: Joe Arpaio, mostly known for his controversial crime fighting methods.

An NBC News spokesperson told Mediaite that Arpaio’s inclusion had nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election (phew!). The spokesperson noted that the poll was also conducted with Telemundo News, the spanish-language news outlet, and it surveyed more than 300 Latinos in the U.S. “We wanted to test his name ID and see how he measured with them,” the spokesperson said.

For the curious, there basically was no name recognition for Arpaio. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of respondents had no idea who Arpaio is. No meaning could be taken from his favorability numbers, with 9 percent having a positive view of him, 9 percent having a negative view of him, and 9 percent saying they felt indifferent.

Basically, nobody knows who Joe Arpaio is.

[Photo via Gage Skidmore]

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