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Most Distrust Polls, Say Pols Should Follow Them

From an unquestioning Washington Post:

Survey says: Polls are biased

By Scott Clement | September 4, 2013

Pollsters took a stark look into the mirror Tuesday, seeking to explain how a new survey found that three quarters of Americans say most polls are “biased toward a particular point of view.”

“People don’t trust the media and you’ve got a plethora of media polls that are taking over the conversation,” said Obama campaign pollster Joel Benenson. Pew Research president Alan Murray cited a broader trend, arguing that “there is an element of this that people don’t people trust anybody or any institution.”

Despite the negative overall assessment, the poll, which was conducted by the research firm Kantar, also demonstrated the public doesn’t trust all polls equally. Nearly two-thirds say they trust surveys conducted by academic groups –

Like the Quinnipiac University Poll?

And over half trust those by non-partisan foundations.

Non-partisan like Pew?

But more than two-thirds distrust polls conducted by political parties or candidates and automated telephone surveys. Media polls fall in the middle, with somewhat more distrusting than trusting.

Public opinion polls faced heightened criticism throughout the 2012 presidential election. [But] Americans didn’t award the showing; pollsters only received an average “C+ grade” in a post-election Pew Research Center poll, with just 49 percent of respondents giving pollsters an “A” or “B."

Maybe most Americans are still bitter about the outcome.

Regardless of the levels of trust in specific polling sources, people generally agree that polls are a good way for elected leaders to learn about what people think on important issues.

Nearly three quarters say conducting polls is a good thing for their leaders to do and two thirds say they should at least be reading the polls if they are not conducting them.

Huh? After we were just told that "that three quarters of Americans say most polls are “biased toward a particular point of view.” What a crazy mixed up world it is.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, September 5th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Most Distrust Polls, Say Pols Should Follow Them”

  1. “People don’t trust the media and you’ve got a plethora of media polls that are taking over the conversation,” said Obama campaign pollster Joel Benenson.

    Why is that? Could it be because the public got wise to the fact that everything the MSM says is a lie? Carrying the water and covering for every lie of the democrat party is costly. Except that they aren’t paying the price for these lies at the ballot box. The MSM is losing money hand over fist but the dems are still winning elections. There’s a disconnect in that equation somewhere.

    • captstubby

      “they aren’t paying the price …
      “The MSM is…”

      Sam Spade:
      You’re taking the fall.

      You didn’t care at all!

      You don’t love me!

      If I do this and get away with it, you’ll have something on me…

      When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.

  2. Any engineer knows what happens in a machine when it only gets positive feedback.

    It oscillates out of control and destroys itself. If you can’t figure out this analogy, go post at Democratic Underground ..


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