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Are Polls Showing How
you’ll Vote? Or How You
Think Others Will?

Townhall, by Laura Hollis

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/2/2012 12:50:39 AM

One of the things which makes the media’s bias in favor of President Obama so influential is the natural human tendency to want to belong, and the fear being out of the mainstream. As a professor, I cannot count the number of classes in which students were reluctant to ask a question for fear that everyone else already knew the answer. And yet when some “brave soul” actually asks, at least half the class heaves an audible sigh of relief – they all have the same question. (Snip) This same dynamic is, I believe, what’s behind some of the wacky

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And today we learned that only 9% of those called for phone polls choose to respond and they pollsters haven't even taken into account who those 9% are. Some good examples of predictions that didn't happen recently are given in the midsection of this column.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 10/2/2012 1:14:46 AM     (No. 8903473)

I haven't received any calls from pollsters, but I guarantee, cher, that they will get a hang up in their ears.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Libraty, 10/2/2012 1:24:49 AM     (No. 8903477)

"He (Obama) sounds like a newcomer running against an incumbent. He is the incumbent."

Obama is running against THE empty chair (Obama).

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Reply 3 - Posted by: iamtinman, 10/2/2012 1:45:17 AM     (No. 8903484)

My decision was made years ago and it was "anyone but Obama"! The polls mean nothing to me, I don't vote according to what other people think.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 10/2/2012 3:01:15 AM     (No. 8903507)

...good piece reminding us that the media is putting nothing but noise out there with a few bumps in the road on the way to victory in November with the manipulation they do with polls...

...it has amazed me that over recent months, in many of the "subject focused" polls, boy won-duh is getting whooped, yet we are led to believe he is going to pull it off...

...it may be best to stick your fingers in your ears and hummmmmmmm...(except for the debates...they should be fun)

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Ladyhawke, 10/2/2012 3:04:18 AM     (No. 8903510)

As a new Independent in CA, I have been polled. After declaring in one call that there was no way that I would not vote, the pollster hung up on me. Curious.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/2/2012 3:07:35 AM     (No. 8903511)

Like Obama, the mainstream media fundamentally do not care.
For them both it is all about power and manipulation.

Since I do not want to be manipulated, I realize that I do not have time to answer polls.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Melody, 10/2/2012 5:26:41 AM     (No. 8903558)

The article makes me want to rejoice that those with American rugged individualism, who now days are described as Tea Partyers, still have an edge in our country. On the other hand, it makes me want to cry that even those folks believe that they are the minority because they are continually told so. Its not just young people who are so susceptible to mob mentality. What a sad word ''sheeple'' is. Our country would never have become great is that's what our Founding Fathers were. It would have been, ''How low should we bow, King George?''

#4's name reminds us that the great silent majority must not be silent any longer. If ever there was a time to speak up, this is it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: uno, 10/2/2012 6:16:22 AM     (No. 8903579)

Next: All about Presstitutes and Poll Dancers

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Reply 9 - Posted by: navybrat, 10/2/2012 6:19:39 AM     (No. 8903585)

I would love to get a call from a pollster.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 10/2/2012 7:00:59 AM     (No. 8903633)

I read that article about how few people answer the phone & talk to a a pollster. What really struck me is the fear some people have of answering questions to some unknown person on the other end of the line. It is true, that people are suspicious of who is asking the questions & if they get an answer they don't like - where does the information go? A lot of people remember what happened to Joe the Plumber, just for asking BO an unscripted question about taxes - no wonder people are reluctant to talk to pollsters. Recently, I've had two friends in my living room & we were discussing the current political situation. Both served in the military & both said at one point, "Maybe we should watch what we are saying - they might be listening to us!" That is a sad state of affairs when people are guarded about what they say in an innocent conversation. No - I am not at all surprised that people don't want to tell pollsters what they really think.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: dadawg, 10/2/2012 7:35:19 AM     (No. 8903673)

I wrote the author and thanked her, I needed that bad.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: kanphil, 10/2/2012 7:59:06 AM     (No. 8903720)

There was a time when I was being polled every week. I must have been on somebody's list. I was so annoyed that I started giving BS answers to all of them. Now, I seldom get a call. I have an idea that others have reacted the same way and are giving nonsense answers to pollers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: rockymtnhigh, 10/2/2012 9:33:36 AM     (No. 8903911)

This time of the election cycle makes me want to get rid of my landline. It rings constantly, either a poll or recorded message. Click!

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