Earlier versions of this column, including in Tuesday's print edition, misstated the number of judging points separating Jennifer Grey and Bristol Palin. Grey was awarded eight more points than Palin on Monday night.
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Poll numbers suggest Bristol Palin doesn't have 'Dancing' legs to stand on
An additional 26 percent responded that they had no opinion on the subject. (The remaining respondents cited either "both" reasons or "neither.")
This edition of "Dancing With the Stars" - on which Bristol is a finalist with "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey and Disney star Kyle Massey - is being watched by an average of 21 million viewers. That is a very big audience for a TV show these days, but that audience represents only about 7 percent of Nielsen Media's universe, which is now estimated to be nearly 295 million people between the ages of 2 and death.
Among those who think Bristol is still dancing on the show because of large-scale support for Sarah, they were asked whether that was a good-enough reason for Bristol to have survived to the final week. "Not good enough," responded 68 percent of the people: "Good enough," responded 26 percent, while 6 percent had no opinion.
The Washington Post-ABC News telephone poll was conducted this past Sunday - five days after show host Tom Bergeron announced that Bristol would be one of this week's finalists and pop singer Brandy Norwood had been booted from the competition. Brandy's outster prompted some members in the studio audience - a vocal bunch of fans who don't hesitate to shout out how they feel about, for instance, the judges' scoring - to begin to boo.
The poll was conducted among a random national sample of 514 adults, and interviews were conducted on conventional phones and cellphones. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
Speaking of Bristol's mom, the Alaska governor turned Fox News Channel contributor and TLC reality TV star was interviewed for Monday night's "Hannity" on FNC, during which she was asked about the criticism of Bristol's run on "DWTS."
"Bristol has said, 'Mom, it doesn't matter what we do, we're going to get criticized anyway, so we might as well dance,' " Sarah said.
"For me, it's, 'You're right, honey, you might as well dance and fly and soar and surf and speak about issues that are important to this country.' We might as well do it, and we'll take that criticism, because we know that, at the end of the day, truly, being committed to a cause is worth it," Sarah added, becoming, we believe, the first person to ever refer to "Dancing With the Stars" as a "cause."