‘I’ve Been Polled!’ (2016)

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I don’t normally do an extra “best-of,” but I just stumbled over this post from 2016 and had to share it with you.

I’ve Been Polled

So there I was on the phone with the Marist College Poll, trying to answer dishonest questions honestly. I knew from my reading that the deck is routinely stacked by pollsters, to get the answers they want to get–but to experience it personally was frustrating. How can you have a decent conversation with people who just lie all the time? Whose idea of a clever question is “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

If there was ever a time when opinion polls were reliable guides to public opinion, that time has passed. Now they’re just taste tests for toxic public policies.