Taking the Pollster's Call

If you've ever wondered who it is that seems to be getting polled, or how come questions always seem to understate support for Republicans and conservatives, read this posting from Freeper "MHT" which tells of his encounter with a pollster:

Twenty-five years after registering to vote, I finally got polled by
a national news group. And, as usual, Rush was right. However, there
are a few things which I want to share.

1. The interviewer
really wanted to talk to me. I was on another call and told them to
call me back in 10 minutes. They did, indicating to me that they are
having difficulty reaching people who wish to talk to them.

The questions were phrased in a very subtle way that focused on an
anti-Bush agenda. For example, "Do you think that Bush is responsible
for the situation in Iraq?" That's a yes/no question. They could have
made it multiple choice. At best, Bush gets a 50% chance of being
blamed for Iraq instead of insurgents, radical Islam, outside funding,

3. Similarly, other questions required yes/no answers
where gradation would have been more appropriate. Only when I said that
I couldn't answer yes/no about my approval of Congress was I offered an
opportunity to be "supportive", "somewhat supportive", etc.

When they asked me who I was going to vote for in the Missouri Senate
race, I told them and they immediately asked me if I was sure or if my
mind could be changed. Is that really a polling question?

is no question that this was a Democratically-biased poll and that the
information is going to make others like me out to be rich suburbanites
who are ignorant Christians living in fly-over territory blindly
following a despictable President. If so, I'm proud to have done my
share. At least there's one more loyal Republican that they can't

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