Taking the Pollster's Call

If you've ever wondered who it is that seems to be getting polled, or how come questions always seem to understate support for Republicans and conservatives, read this posting from Freeper "MHT" which tells of his encounter with a pollster:

Twenty-five years after registering to vote, I finally got polled by a national news group. And, as usual, Rush was right. However, there are a few things which I want to share.

1. The interviewer really wanted to talk to me. I was on another call and told them to call me back in 10 minutes. They did, indicating to me that they are having difficulty reaching people who wish to talk to them.

2. The questions were phrased in a very subtle way that focused on an anti-Bush agenda. For example, "Do you think that Bush is responsible for the situation in Iraq?" That's a yes/no question. They could have made it multiple choice. At best, Bush gets a 50% chance of being blamed for Iraq instead of insurgents, radical Islam, outside funding, etc.

3. Similarly, other questions required yes/no answers where gradation would have been more appropriate. Only when I said that I couldn't answer yes/no about my approval of Congress was I offered an opportunity to be "supportive", "somewhat supportive", etc.

3. When they asked me who I was going to vote for in the Missouri Senate race, I told them and they immediately asked me if I was sure or if my mind could be changed. Is that really a polling question?

There is no question that this was a Democratically-biased poll and that the information is going to make others like me out to be rich suburbanites who are ignorant Christians living in fly-over territory blindly following a despictable President. If so, I'm proud to have done my share. At least there's one more loyal Republican that they can't ignore.
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013