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View Diary: There Was Probably No Debate Bounce - And No Convention Bounce Either (27 comments)

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  •  I've taken to hanging up on callers (6+ / 0-)

    ... identifying themselves as wanting to take a poll.  Getting too many calls from push-pollers or simple telemarketers using the "taking a poll" ploy to get you to talk to them.  And I don't even live in a swing state.

    This introduces yet another way to game the polls:  discouraging participation by barraging voters of one persuasion or another with phony "polls" so the just hang up.  I wouldn't put it past the masters of the dark arts of politics to have thought of that one.

    For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

    by Dallasdoc on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:54:31 AM PDT

    •  Swing states getting barraged with real polls! (5+ / 0-)

      I've gotten way too many polls also, considering there's only one, maybe two competitive races on my ballot - and always at dinner time, so I don't respond.

      But thing of small swing states, like New Hampshire. Let's assume both Romney and Obama campaigns are generating 2 polls of 1000 each week. Then you have superpacs and state campaigns and House campaigns. Add it all up and I'm getting something like 50,000 poll respondents in a month in New Hampshire. Multiply by the crappy response rate and that's in the neighborhood of 1,000,000 polling calls for the 700,000 voters in New Hampshire. Talk about sampling to extinction!

      (If anybody has good estimates about the amount of non-public polling going on I'd love to hear it!)

    •  I was trained to get in peoples houses that way (0+ / 0-)

      to sell magazines when I was 14.  It was so dishonest!  I didn't last a week, which was just as well.

      Now I go door-to-door to sell voting for my candidates, but with a pre-qualified list.  It's easier, and it's honest.

      R-Money is going to need all that untaxed money he stashed offshore in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere, because President Obama just PWNED him!

      by NM Ward Chair on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 12:59:50 PM PDT

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