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?
Question # 2
How often do the results of American political polls coincide with your opinion?
Question # 3
How often do results of American political polls vastly differ from your opinion?
Question # 4
Do you believe highly-touted and quoted polls about American politics are rigged?
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?
Question # 6
How do you feel about the media's infatuation with polls that deal with American politics?
Question # 7
What poll subjects do you prefer the media spending their time talking about?
This Hub ©July 6, 2012 by Beth Perry