Thursday, September 28, 2006

Don't believe all the polls

Drudge is reporting that there is behind the scenes skepticism about the Democrats supposedly good poll numbers:

Democratic pollsters are pushing lots of polls that show second- and third-tier candidates performing surprisingly well. If most of these challengers win, the Democrats will gain 30 or 40 House seats.

Obviously, that's unlikely. Extremely unlikely, writes Stuart Rothenberg in fresh editions of ROLL CALL.


Rothenberg: "Count me as skeptical, and not only because most of these poll memos contain the dreaded "and when voters were read short descriptions about the candidates" second ballot that allegedly measures a challenger's fundamental strength. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride..."
This doesn't shock me. I just find it very hard to believe that the American people would be so stupid as to turn the government over to the Surrender Party in the middle of a war.

BTY, the tactic the Democrats are using is called "push polling". This is where the questions are worded in such a way as to get the desired answer. For example if you've ever gotten a call from a pollster that went like this:

Pollster: Do you favor the Democrat Party’s plan to fund dignified and humane care for our senior citizens or are you one of the demonic Republican fiends who want to murder our elderly by throwing them out in the snow with no food or medical care, making yourself the exact moral equivalent of a Nazi death camp commandant who will certainly burn in hell for all eternity?

Then you've been "push polled".