Poo poo polls for PaulSubmitted by Citizendave on Sat, 12/22/2007 - 19:04
Or, "Why Zogby is back pedalling apologetically for his own poll," and, 'why Ron Paul is going to kick ass on election day".
As a sometimes Zogby pollee, I know that political phone polls are made by calling two lists mashed together.
List one comes from the state board of elections showing the names and addresses of people who had asked for a Republican ballot in previous primaries. Since Bush was the only real choice in the 2004 primary, you have to go back 7 years to the 2000 primary to get any non-Bush supporters. The two biggest vote getters in 2000 were warhawk John McCain and double warhawk George Bush. Everybody else stayed home or switched parties.
Almost anyone on that list is either a pro-war, anti-free speech McCain supporter or even more likely a pro-war anti-constitutional rights Bush supporter. Both are natural enemies of Ron Paul. If they use more recent off year election lists that only die hard voters appear on, you'll find it's the same people!
But those lists lack phone numbers, so, Zogby and the other pollsters buy a CD with a gazillion home phone numbers that could be purchased at Office Max for $20. On that list are aging hard line old fogey style telephone numbers. They take the phone numbers from the CD and add them to the names on the Republican primary voter list. Anyone not on BOTH lists is eliminated. Once the parasitic host gets on the combination list, they are called over and over again, year after year until the phone number is disconnected.
Absent from the call list is any of the 190 million unlisted cell phones, new phone numbers or 18 million voice-over-internet phones such as Vonage, Skype or Comcast. Ron Paul strongholds in Alaska, Hawaii and military voters abroad are also not used.
Conclusion: The target polee is the little lady at home, or a retired or an intrenched disabled pro-war Neocon who gets their political information from the foundering desperate mainstream TV or the foundering and desperate newspapers. Desperate for campaign advertising cash. Most of these media sources boycotted Ron Paul, resulting in low poll figures, until he raised 20 million dollars for campaign advertising. $20,000,000.00 = newsworthy. What a coincidence.
These poll respondents are not on a no-solicitation list nor are they too busy to spend time answering leading questions from a total stranger.
They don't have broadband internet, cuz' if they did, they'd have a cheaper but unlisted Vonage or Comcast phone. They don't get out much or they would have a cell phone, unlisted of course.
So. In order for Ron Paul to get a percentage in one of these polls, he has to convince antique set-in-their-ways TV watching Bush supporters and holed up hermit McCain voters to renounce their political ways.
Ron Paul's poll numbers are not indications of support. They are CONVERTS. The 180 degree turned around converted enemies of peace and freedom.
Zogby has rejected far superior random digital dialing. Is it because he's cheap, or is it tougher to control results for his paying customers? I like him but cynically suspect an agenda. You decide?
P.P.S. Oh yeah. Zogby- is a Democrat . Whatever. http://zogby.com/search/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1311
Washington Post phone figures http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07...
More phone figures http://www.sunrocket.com/about/mediaroom/news/2006/bizwk_0505/