Monday, January 25, 2016

How Polls Manipulate Voters, No Matter The Results

By Mandi Ancalle

A new Indianapolis Star poll, conducted with Ball State University, shows 50.2 percent of people in Indiana support providing special nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Indiana’s laws. Reportedly, only 35.1 percent are opposed. That is par for the course on LGBTQ issues, but vote results consistently invalidate such polls, which raises the question: Is the purpose of polling data to convey the views of a representative sample or to engage in marketing tactics to sway views?  Argumentum ad populum is Latin for the idea that because many people believe something to be true, it is true.....These strategies aren’t just used to sell goods and services—they are also used to sell politicians and policies...... polling seems to be increasingly skewed in favor of a particular agenda. Can you remember the last time the mainstream media reported a poll on social issues showing a conservative idea winning? 

Witness the Growth in Inaccurae Polling.......Inaccurate polling is not a new phenomenon. Similar polling data was consistently at odds with actual votes cast on marriage referenda across the country.

Beware the Push Poll.....These days, polls seem to endeavor to impact voters rather than reflect voters’ intentions, touting an ‘everybody else is doing it’ mindset.....

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