[internetworkers] Bogus Political Polling
tony at tonyspencer.com
Sun Oct 10 21:45:39 EDT 2004
Thanks for the info David. I naively admit I've not heard of this. I do
remember the primaries of 2000 and I remember that Bush was losing but I
always thought that it was his comeback in the debates that cinched it for
him. If what you say is true, I'm absolutely disgusted. I'm off to
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> Of David Minton
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> Subject: Re: [internetworkers] Bogus Political Polling
> I am surprised this is something new to you. This type of
> thing made big
> headlines in the 2000 Republican Presidential Primary.
> It is called "push-polling." A push poll is where, using the guise of
> opinion polling, disinformation about a candidate or issue is
> planted in the
> minds of those being 'surveyed'. Push-polls are designed to
> shape, rather
> than measure, public opinion. Karl Rove is supposed to the
> grand master of
> the push poll.
> It is reported that George W. Bush¹s campaign strategists,
> including Karl
> Rove, devised a push poll against John McCain in 2000. South
> Carolina voters
> were asked "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote
> for John McCain
> for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate
> black child?".
> They had no interest in the actual percentages in the poll,
> the goal was to
> suggest that he had. This was particularly vicious since McCain was
> campaigning with his adopted Bangladeshi daughter. The sight
> of the little
> dark skinned girl made the seed planted earlier grow and John
> McCain lost
> South Carolina, effectively ending his run for the presidency.
> Here is a piece that Slate ran on the subject:
> Looks like some Democrats are attempting to even the playing
> field. Too bad.
> On 10/10/04 5:49 PM, "Tony Spencer" <tony at tonyspencer.com> wrote:
> > I encountered the oddest tactic to sway my opinion on the
> upcoming election
> > today. I received a phone call from a company called "GHY
> Research". The
> > call begins like a neutral political survey poll asking me
> questions such as
> > my choices for president, governor, and lieutenant
> governor. About 5 minutes
> > into the survey the caller begins to ask loaded questions
> such as "Richard
> > Burr sided with RJ Reynolds and voted against a tobacco
> buyout hurting our
> > North Carolina farmers. Does this make you more or less
> likely to vote for
> > Mr. Burr?"
> > Incredible.
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