Another example of irresponsible polling

Here’s the essay. CNN cheats on polling? Really?

I did my first poll in my life last week. I saw Marist on the ID and called them back.

An undergrad at Marist, which is no longer a Catholic College, asked me 20 plus questions on political issues. She was audibly surprised that I knew more about politics and current events than she–I asked her some questions too, doing my own “poll” of the pollster. Marist has a good reputation as non-partisan. I don’t trust the news media polling at all–sampling and question framing, as well as dynamics with the people polled produces unreliable info.

In the case of this essay, the critic made the insightful comment that a random poll would not produce such a high rate of politically active registered voters. Not possible.

But it’s not possible that media run polling would not be advocacy bent.

Always look at the internals and ask good questions like this essayist suggested–how could a random poll of 1000 people produce so many registered voters? Good question, maybe some lying on the part of the pollsters or the polled?

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3 responses to “Another example of irresponsible polling

  1. Is it possible that the polling group used an initial question such as, “Are you registered to vote” Just asking because it makes the results of the poll a little more understandable.

  2. The inescapable flaw of polling is it’s credulity. People lie to pollsters (a) to say something that might possibly offend a complete stranger, (b) because they are unwilling to say something that might possibly offend a complete stranger, and/or (c) because they know they can get away with it. Other pollees opt out, creating a self-selection demographic that is impossible to statistically characterize.
    Combined, these lies and omissions prevent the poll’s ‘results’ from representing anything real, measurable, and reproducible.

  3. Polls are tools to shape public opinion, not gauges to measure it.

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