Kathy Shaidle

Polls show that polls are mostly bunk

Posted on November 21 2009 11:18 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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“Contrary to media hype, Sarah Palin is very unpopular,” reports Media Matters from the Magical World of Upside Down this morning.

Which would explain why she sold 300,000 copies of her book the first day, and why her publisher just added an extra million copies to the already huge print run, and why hundreds of fans line up outside Sarah Palin book signings and…

Oh wait. Never mind. Media Matters bases its counterintuitive “Palin gots cooties” report on… polls. Polls commissioned by those paragons of impartiality ABC, NBC and CNN.

Nevermind what we all know to be true: that many polls tend to oversample registered Democrats or self-described liberals.

I keep thinking of something Dennis Miller said on the air last week. I’m paraphrasing: “After what they did to Joe the Plumber — a guy standing on his own front lawn who asked an innocent question — do you really think the average American trusts that their answers to these poll questions won’t be used against them some day?”

Just a thought.

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