Thursday, August 26, 2004
Poll ThisIt occurred to me that we should know which polls are being used to decide the fate of third party candidates, just so we can look at their objectivity. Looks like the polls that will be used are a complete secret. I can't find any information about this on CPD's site. Even a word search on "poll" won't tell you who was used in 2000. Then things get worse. It turns out that Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief, of The Gallup Poll is a consultant to the CPD. Wouldn't that be a conflict of interest? I think that Gallup and Mr. Newport should recuse themselves from providing any polling information to the CPD.
If you go to the Gallup site and word search "Badnarik" you get exactly nothing. How can he poll at 15% if the polls won't even say his name. Their site has political coverage and they've done polls, but only mentioning Bush, Kerry and Nader. So let's take a poll.
The results of 5 national polls are used as one of three criteria which determines who gets into the presidential debates. Should polls be a determining factor in who's voice gets heard by the voting public?
_No way in hell
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