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smalll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-08-10 04:17 AM
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14. Let me explain to you: political polls are loss-leading, glamor projects done to get some press --
Edited on Wed Sep-08-10 04:18 AM by smalll
Pollsters do most of their polling in the private sector, for various (evil) corporations. It's otherwise known as a branch of "market research."

They do these political polls to get some attention. It's like free advertising. For that very reason, they have a huge incentive to be ACCURATE. Run a poll that consistently overestimates Republican strength on election day? Lose the next contract to run a poll on how one particular potato chip stacks up against the competition.

Of course, maybe despite all that, the pollsters are purposefully skewing Republican, in league with the MSM and Diebold. Those who belive in such vast conspiracies, all I can say is, I feel sorry for you. You should have learned more real history in school and/or had parents who loved you.

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  -I call bullshit on the Polls too. Who pays for the polls? wowimthere  Sep-07-10 04:35 PM   #0 
  - Agreed! Nt  MrsCorleone   Sep-07-10 04:37 PM   #1 
  - Some polling outfits are more reliable than others. That being said the only important  emulatorloo   Sep-07-10 04:40 PM   #2 
  - Are they more reliable because the media tells us they are? nt  valerief   Sep-07-10 04:45 PM   #3 
     - No you sort of get a feel for it over time. Media thinks Rassmussen is reliable, we know it  emulatorloo   Sep-07-10 04:48 PM   #5 
     - Some are more reliable because their results are closer to election outcomes  Freddie Stubbs   Sep-07-10 08:40 PM   #11 
        - The way exit polls used to be before electronic voting machines flipped our votes. nt  valerief   Sep-08-10 07:11 AM   #17 
  - Beware that these polls are not setting us up for another election full of... "mischief"  demodonkey   Sep-07-10 04:47 PM   #4 
  - I'm willing to bet you know little about how polling is...  SDuderstadt   Sep-07-10 05:37 PM   #6 
  - I Was Polled - Totally Slanted to Make POTUS Look Bad  otohara   Sep-07-10 05:55 PM   #7 
  - Look at the polls Tweety is pushing  rufus dog   Sep-07-10 06:17 PM   #8 
  - That's what the reich wing was saying two years ago  customerserviceguy   Sep-07-10 07:15 PM   #9 
  - I agree with you!  JNelson6563   Sep-07-10 08:19 PM   #10 
  - I'm wondering if it's a set-up for stolen elections by the Repugs.  pacalo   Sep-08-10 12:25 AM   #12 
  - See my post #4!  demodonkey   Sep-08-10 10:57 AM   #21 
  - You are absolutely right.  Whisp   Sep-08-10 02:00 AM   #13 
  - Let me explain to you: political polls are loss-leading, glamor projects done to get some press --  smalll   Sep-08-10 04:17 AM   #14 
  - Any poll is has the possibility of being "good" for a very limited time...  rasputin1952   Sep-08-10 04:34 AM   #15 
  - They are preparing us for  Enthusiast   Sep-08-10 05:46 AM   #16 
  - Who answers the polls? I've got caller ID and I now recognize  Vinca   Sep-08-10 07:27 AM   #18 
  - Who pays for them is secondary to what they really are...  Bluenorthwest   Sep-08-10 07:58 AM   #19 
  - Your take is very well put. I agree with the premise.  wowimthere   Sep-08-10 11:32 AM   #24 
  - The only "poll" that matters is the election  slackmaster   Sep-08-10 08:41 AM   #20 
  - Did you call bullshit on the polls in 2008?  Upton   Sep-08-10 11:09 AM   #22 
  - I see the polls. I watch polls but just like the speech by colin Powell I don't believe everything  wowimthere   Sep-08-10 11:29 AM   #23 
     - Obama was only down  Upton   Sep-08-10 11:59 AM   #25 
        - Thank you.  thewiseguy   Sep-08-10 12:19 PM   #26 
           - Sure..  Upton   Sep-08-10 12:57 PM   #27 
              - that's the rationale for last weeks 10 point lead by GOP and today's lead evaporating.  wowimthere   Sep-09-10 09:42 AM   #28 
  - The polls are fair, and usually pretty accurate.  robcon   Sep-09-10 03:17 PM   #29 
 

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