Just in case you feel left out by American political scene pollsters

My husband and I feel it is important as Americans to keep abreast of the American political scene, and we do so through a number ways: the internet, newspaper, radio and/or television. Now none of these media sources are perfect, and there are things to genuinely like and dislike about all these different medias. One thing I have come to dislike with a purple passion, however, is THE POLITICAL POLL.

Now we hear them ABOUT them ALL THE TIME from news sources, and poll "results" are constantly being talked about by reporters, commentators and pundits alike. In fact polls are literally quoted, compared, referenced to, talked about and generally used as weapons of verbal assault 24 hours a day in one forum or another across the media spectrum. And as savagely as some would use poll results to lance a personal opinion down the throats of rivals the sad -yet humorous- fact is that what is revealed in polls change faster than Clark Kent in a phone booth. At least this is the underlying message seen by poll results; and if we are to give credence to the pollsters taking the polls then I am left with the feeling that either the poll questions are not very well posed or the folks participating polls have a really tough time deciding on anything (and my money is on the former possibility).

My suspicions were not formed merely by any whichever way the wind blows symptom; but also by the fact that neither my husband nor I have ever been asked to participate in ANY of these highly-touted-about polls. I have personally been signed up for one largely "popular" pollster group for a long time, and yet have never been approached by these folks for a single what'cha think? about anything. Nor have I ever had a pollster ring me up on the phone asking my humble opinion.

With all these facts to consider, I am left sincerely doubtful of the accuracy of any highly-touted polls. So I thought well maybe I could start my own pollster thingy, and I can start it right here on Hubpages. This first poll-themed Hub is dedicated to everyone who has found themselves in the same boat as my hubby and me. The poll questions you'll find in this first attempt will be to get your opinion on American political polling in general. And if this Hub turns out popular I will continue it into a regular Pollster feature.

Question # 1

How many times have you been invited or asked to participate in non-internet polls about American politics?

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Question # 2

How often do the results of American political polls coincide with your opinion?

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Question # 3

How often do results of American political polls vastly differ from your opinion?

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Question # 4

Do you believe highly-touted and quoted polls about American politics are rigged?

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Question # 5

When it comes to American politics do you think the results from highly-touted pollsters such as Rasmussen Reports and the Gallup Polls honestly reflect the national consensus?

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Question # 6

How do you feel about the media's infatuation with polls that deal with American politics?

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Question # 7

What poll subjects do you prefer the media spending their time talking about?

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This Hub ©July 6, 2012 by Beth Perry


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Up, awesome, and interesting. I always enjoy stats, so I would be telling a tale if I didn't say they interest me at points. Interesting polls Beth. I believe they all represent a portion of the truth, but it could be 90/10 or 20/80. You just honestly never know. Interesting numbers bring interesting topics.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

thelyricwriter, thanks for dropping by and for taking the polls. And I'm with you on the honestly never knowing!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Its funny that you should say that, I have often wondered about so called Polls. Who does them? can they prove it? and at the end of the day, nobody takes any notice of them because they are always wrong! lol!


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Hey Nell and Amen on that. One of the most telling things I see with these polls is the way the questions are posed and the often slanted selection of possible answers. These kind of answers don't reflect reality but seem provided solely to provide a certain political statement, however the results turn out.


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Polls are done using mathematical sampling algorithms, and any accuracy comes from the sheep that like to be in with the results of the polls. So instead of the polls reports the opinion, they are the opinion for many people reading the poll results.

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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

ib radmasters, could be in some cases. However I have strong doubts that is par for the course. But I appreciate you coming by and commenting :)


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Beth

Then there is something magic about their sampling technique, because I don't know anyone that has been polled. So the mystery is how many people need to be polled to represent the opinion of the entire country?

????

I don't know

????

Thanks


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

ib, good point!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

It all depends on who is polled. If you want the poll to lean far left, you poll everyone 18 and older, so you get more airheaded liberals.

If you want to be more accurate, but still want it leaning to the left, you poll registered voters..

If you want results leaning to the right and accurate, you poll likely voters.

Rasmussen polls likely voters only, which is why he is the most accurate. Gallup is far less accurate.


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

I have no faith in political polls especially when introduced by the major media. They have far to much political interest to be truly honest, they are looking out for their own best interest not ours. The smaller media branches just don't have the widespread sources to get accurate results on a large scale level so they are close to useless. But to be completely honest I would never base my voting opinions or political beliefs on a poll anyway, I prefer to make my own decisions not follow the heard. Humans as individuals are intelligent but humans in large numbers become an ignorant mass of followers. J/M/O voted up and interesting.


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

Will, interesting input. Thanks much for dropping in and commenting :)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

DS Duby, I agree. I do find them interesting however, and especially depending on the source and how much of a carnival is made around debating them by the source(s). It can get real entertaining watching or hearing either political side trying to use a poll as the last word on an issue.

Thanks much for dropping in and for the VU :)


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee Author

DS Duby, I agree. I do find them interesting however, and especially depending on the source and how much of a carnival is made around debating them by the source(s). It can get real entertaining watching or hearing either political side trying to use a poll as the last word on an issue.

Thanks much for dropping in and for the VU :)

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