New CNN polling conducted by SSRS shows two very different pictures for the marquee primaries occurring on Super Tuesday (March 3).
In California, the largest delegate prize of any state, former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren share the top tier among likely Democratic primary voters. It’s Biden 21%, Sanders 20% and Warren 17%.
The only other candidates to hit at least 5% are South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (9%), businessman Andrew Yang (6%) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (5%).
The story is completely different in Texas, the third largest delegate prize in the primary. Biden holds a large lead with 35%. He’s followed by Sanders at 15% and Warren at 13%.
As in California, Buttigieg comes in with 9% and Bloomberg comes in with 5%. Texan and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Yang are at 3%.
But perhaps the biggest story from our poll is that the formerly deep red state of Texas looks competitive in the general election if the Democrats nominate Biden. President Donald Trump stands at 48% to Biden 47% among all registered voters.
All the other Democrats tested (Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren), meanwhile, trail Trump by 7 points.
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What’s wrong with this picture? Like the seemingly neglected art it captured, that’s up for debate.
Bette Midler posted a photo of three young museumgoers on their phones. CNN blurred their faces because they appear underage. Credit: Bette Midler from Twitter
They’re a far cry from the class-cutters in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” who spent their day gawking at paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago.
But people cared more that Midler shamed young people in a museum for appearing less than riveted by a 250-year-old painting of a nude woman.
Her comment mirrored a wave of reaction that met Midler’s initial tweet.
Or maybe the star’s criticism was all wrong — those devices hold more information about the artworks in question than the labels stuck next to them.
A ‘metaphor for our age’
Midler’s criticism is one familiar to millennials and Gen Z-ers — young people spend too much time on their devices.
Critics at the time called it a “metaphor for our age.”
It was later suggested that the kids were using the museum’s app to complete a school project.
The eye of the beholder
Sree Sreenivasan, a visiting professor of digital innovation at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, oversaw the development of the Met’s smartphone app during his tenure as chief digital officer there. He said complaints that phones sully the museum-going experience “mean nothing.”
It’s important for museums to give people room to relax, refresh and recharge — literally, he said. Letting people plug in their phones somewhere and connect to free Wi-Fi doesn’t guarantee they’ll use it to research the art in front of them, but then again, there are no rules dictating how people experience museums.
“There’s nothing saying that your visitors have to respond to your prescribed way of interacting with art,” he said. “As long as people are in your space, you have a chance to help them connect.”
The girls in the photo shared by Midler aren’t obstructing the view of the painting or taking pictures of it (that is sometimes against museum rules), Sreenivasan noted.
What’s more, he said, the phone-centric behavior isn’t limited to young people.
“I can show you plenty of boomers who do the same thing. I don’t see any problem with it.”
Museums betting on tech
The politics of museum-going have changed with the habits of visitors, and galleries are increasingly incorporating mobile devices into the experience. If audio tours provide one additional means of engagement, phones open up another.
So while it’s uncertain if the girls in Midler’s photo were scouring the web for more information or not, it’s clear that there’s demand for more detail than a placard can provide.