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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:31 PM
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77. Poll could be biased due to obvious possible ulterior propaganda motives.
Why should we trust any poll that stems from a 1% CEO's company that might very obviously have a strong interest in manipulating public opinion against OWS and in the interests of the 1%?

Dean Debnam is CEO of Workplace Options, a leading global provider of work-life programs and employee benefits headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., that serves more than 32 million employees in over 20,000 organizations across 170 countries.

Public Policy Polling (PPP)...

...is an American Democratic Party-affiliated polling firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina.<1><2><3> PPP was founded in 2001 by businessman and Democratic pollster Dean Debnam, the firm's current president and chief executive officer.<1><4> The company's surveys use Interactive Voice Response (IVR), an automated questionnaire used by other polling firms such as SurveyUSA and Rasmussen Reports.<5>

PPP's polls have been described as very accurate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election by The Wall Street Journal<5> and Mark Blumenthal, senior polling editor of the Huffington Post and the founding editor of Pollster.com,<6> among others. Although being affiliated with the Democratic Party, PPP has not exhibited a Democratic bias in its polling results; according to Nate Silver of Fivethirtyeight.com, PPP actually had a small pro-Republican bias in its 2010 polling results.

Errors

Not all of the polls by Public Policy Polling have been accurate; the company has had its share of inaccurate results. Among the most notable of its mispredictions were that of the 2008 Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania<16> (in which it predicted an Obama victory; Clinton ultimately won by 9-10%), and that in the 2009 special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District.<17> In New York, the official Republican candidate dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democratic candidate while PPP was in the field interviewing voters. PPP's results showed the conservative candidate with a large lead; in the end, the Democrat won with a 2.3% lead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Policy_Polling

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