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Political Polling in the Age of Caller ID

By Kat Hackett and Jim Magee  Posted by Jay Farrington (about the submitter)     Permalink

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We’ve watched the presidential campaigns with avid interest from the beginning of the primaries through the national debates. Through it all have been the ubiquitous poll numbers, which we don’t believe. Just because they say it doesn’t make it so!

Interesting to us is that not one pollster has reached us, not that we expect them to. Hello, we, as many other households have caller ID at home as well as cell phones with caller ID. We don’t answer unknown numbers, period.

Our question is this: Do either the RNC or DNC identify themselves on their calls? We, as average homeowners/citizens will never answer “unknown caller”, “blocked number” or the like. We would, however, answer a call from either constituency were they to identify themselves. We wonder how many others react as we do, and how much this reaction influences the poll numbers. How many young voters are reachable by telephone at all?

If poll numbers serve to encourage or discourage voters to support a given candidate, it would seem that the reported margins of error are, at best, misleading.

Kat Hackett / Jim Magee

Warwick, RI

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