I posted this one back in 2012.
By now, many poll results have been reported to the public by the media. Scientific polls were conducted to get those poll results. Whether you are a Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or third party candidate supporter, you can rest assured that those polls results were compiled in a legitimate manner. When you see polling companies such as Gallup, Rasmussen, Pew and the like, you know that the poll is credible. Credibility is something that cannot be said for the push poll.
A push poll is not a real poll. In fact, those who conduct a push poll are not concerned about the data gleaned from their surveys. A push poll is conducted in an automated fashion over the phone. The goal of a push poll is to put a rumor or false inference in the mind of the person who answered the phone. It designed to sway voters from one candidate to another. To the untrained voter, they may believe the push poll is a scientific poll. However, scientific polls usually do not ask questions such as, “How can someone who is Mormon be President if he does not believe in Jesus Christ?” or “If you knew that your candidate for President fathered an illegitimate black child, would you still vote for him for President?” The first question is being used in Ohio currently by a group that is rumored to support President Obama. It is designed to harm the Romney campaign. The second question was asked of primary voters in South Carolina in 2000 regarding John McCain and his non-Caucasian daughter. The daughter was not black, nor was she illegitimate. She just happened to be adopted from Bangladesh. Supporters of then-Governor George W. Bush were have said to be the source of the McCain question. Those who engage in push polling typically do not leave their calling card as to the identification of the push poll’s source. They are negative in nature and are designed to destroy political campaigns. The voter who answers the phone is left questioning whether or not what they heard over phone was valid or not. Push polls are not valid in any shape or form. This election season, as the electoral finish line approaches, beware of the push poll and its consequences.
(2012 Question) What are your thoughts regarding push polls? (2015 Question) Have you ever been push polled? I have…actually twice. Once in 2010 and another was in 2014. Both were for races for Illinois Governor.