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xcurmudgeon

Reminds me of the push polls of 2000
In South Carolina:  "Would you be more or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?"

That's because...
That's because you apparently don't know what a push poll is. The South Carolina calls were push-polls. This poll took over 15 minutes, happened four months before the election, and disclosed who was behind the call. There is nothing to suggest it wasn't legitimate.

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Correct, VA Blogger......
Some of the questions I was asked could have constituted a push poll if asked by themselves, quickly, with Creigh Deeds named, and then the caller hung up after a minute or two or three.

But in the larger context, this clearly wasn't a push poll.

And I should have noted in my diary that Deeds WAS NOT NAMED in association with any of the "push poll-quality" questions!  The questions were phrased, for example, as "would you be more likely to less likely to vote for a candidate who beats his wife," not as "would you be more likely or less likely to vote for Creigh Deeds if you knew he beats his wife."  So that further legitimizes the poll itself.


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Push poll or not,
Some of those questions seemed  very leading, especially the one where "'the candidate' did such and such to change state ethics laws to do politicking while he was a State Senator."  That's what I think DCCyclone's point is here.  The questions are designed to manufacture an opinion.  As we saw with John Kerry, you can take one aspect of a bill that a Senator voted on, and then misconstrue it to mean something entirely different.

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Polling
In my experience, this is the way polling works.  In a 15-minute poll, the point is to figure out which lines of attack on your opponent and which statements about yourself garner the most support and the hardest support, which means that they will want to test both a neutral-sounding argument, and the most leading argument they can get away with.  Its very interesting to see which particular arguments they are testing, but I don't think there is anything inherently shady to this particular poll.

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Exactly.
This is exactly the way polling works, especially internal polls (rather than public polls), and both sides do it and have been doing it for years. It's perfectly legitimate and research-driven.

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