Showing posts with label Quinnipiac University Polls. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quinnipiac University Polls. Show all posts

Friday, July 25, 2008

Beware of Weak Polls !
Just Another Tool of Media Manipulation
To Make Race Seem Tighter

As Obama generates thousands of well-wishers worldwide including the astounding 200,000 plus in Berlin, while McCain hangs out in grocery stores and German weinershnitzels in Columbus, Ohio, the media has joined in unison to attempt to make the presidential race seem super-tight between the candidates. Maybe this is because most of the media is GOP controlled or maybe just a desire to make the race more interesting a contest in hopes of garnering better ratings. They know that it would be pretty boring to viewers if they all stated 'McCain Is Toast'!

Whatever the true reason, we took a look at the great pollsters that all of the media love to refer to as their incredible sources....that is Quinnipiac University and Rasmussen Polls (Reports)

First thought is....'Quin who?'. Yes, Quinnipiac University, located in Connecticut has been chosen by the media as the number one pollsters which prove that Obama is ahead by only 3 points. (which everyone who hears this knows that can't be true. Republicans don't even like McCain). From Quin's own website we learned: "Student interviewers use a computer-assisted telephone interviewing system to collect data from statewide and national residents. For a typical public opinion survey, a randomly selected sample of about 1,000 registered voters age 18 and over is interviewed over five or six days. The polls are conducted at the Polling Institute on West Woods Road, close to the main campus".

Now, that's interesting because we learn that these are college kids doing these 'polls' randomly polling around 1000 people (out of 126 million plus registered voters nationwide) via landline telephones, an item rarely used by the young voters of today. All I can say is, I give these kids credit for trying to learn polling procedures, but I definitely don't see this to be a worthy enough method for MSM to use as the 'pollsters of truth'.

Secondly, there's the Rassmussen Polls, owned by Scott Rasmussen. I found it interesting that this polling source kind of popped up out of nowhere since I had never heard of them before this season's campaign. So I did a quick search on Scott and learned that he, like Quin uses land-line telephone surveys as their method of polling. But what is even more interesting is Scott's background, which was not in data surveys, statistical gathering or even polling at all.

Scott Rasmussen's history, as found on Wikipedia, states: "...Rasmussen was exposed to the broadcasting business through his father, Bill Rasmussen, who was a broadcaster for the New England Whalers. In 1979, Scott and Bill Rasmussen founded ESPN, the cable sports network" That's kind of interesting. So Scott's background is in television production and programming. Verrrry interesting. And didn't ABC Television buy ESPN. Hmmmm.

Another point to these great 'polls' that should be considered is that they don't even use real people as the callers ! Their automated system uses a computer generated 'voice' to 'talk' to the randomly selected people to be polled. Studies have shown that only 1 out of 3 people who receive computer voiced calls will actually participate, meaning every 2 out of 3 just hang up. And the media calls this 'accurate polling'? (Fox even calls it 'breaking news' at times...that's funny)

In other words, these so-called polls are not only extremely weak but are far from reliable. They're simply being used as another manipulation tool by the media. Heck.....if it's that easy...I'm thinking about starting my own polling company. If Scott can do it.....why can't I. Also, beware of the NBC/WSJ polls. NBC is owned by G.E., which owns Raytheon, one of the largest defense contractors in the world (makes bombs, tanks, etc.) and Wall Street Jounal is now owned by Rupert Murdoch....yes the same guy that owns FOX News. Interesting that they're working together.Hmmmm.

p.s. Let's REALLY prove these great pollsters wrong by getting everyone you know registered to vote...and VOTE....for the entire world's #1 choice...

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