By definition a push poll is where you smear a named candidate and then ask what the voter thinks of that smeared candidate. Push polls are generally regarded with contempt by mainstream political analysts - unless, of course, the target of the push poll is a Democrat.
Just read this question:
Some people say (YOUR DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT) is a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and will support her liberal agenda of big government and higher taxes if she becomes President. If we re-elect (YOUR DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT) they will be a rubber stamp for Clinton and will forget the values of our district.
Judy Daubenmier spent 25 years as a reporter for the Associated Press and saw the field of news reporting sliding downhill. Now she works to reform our system of communications through the internet. Daubenmier is the author and editor of "Project Rewire: News Media from the Inside Out." I talked to her about her work and her hopes for news reporting in the future.
If you hadn't noticed, the post FoleyGate polls are so bad for Republicans they're grasping for 'Mushroom Clouds'. Here's a round-up of the good poll news for Democrats from the past week. Ride the "Democratic Wave"...
BREAKING--New House polls will show looming Democratic landslide The new Majority Watch will be released in a few minutes. Based on 63 polls of 48 districts of 1,000 likely voters each, they will show Dems currently ahead in the House by 19 seats, 224-205... It is also a significant increase from the 219-214 seat lead for Democrats from late Aug. and early Sept. This 19-seat doesn't even include seven competitive, Repub-held districts that are currently being polled, and six districts that are currently tied. In fact, perhaps most stunningly, the districts with "safe" leads outside the margins of error break 217-198 in favor of Dems... Internal Poll Suggests Hastert Could Devastate GOP House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster... "The data suggests Americans have bailed on the speaker,... And the difference could be between a 20-seat loss and 50-seat loss...." Poll: GOP Put Politics Over Safety Most Respondents Think GOP Leaders Knew About Foley's Explicit E-Mails. (CBS) An overwhelming majority of Americans think House Republican leaders put their own political interests ahead of the safety of congressional pages in their handling of the Mark Foley scandal...
A CNN poll released Tuesday puts tangible proof to something that most of us already knew: That the majority of the American people are clued-in enough to understand that George W. Bush has deliberately misled the nation about how things are going in Iraq.
A Sept. 29-Oct. 2 poll, commissioned by CNN, showed that 58 percent of Americans said the administration has misled the public about progress in the Iraq war.
The poll also showed that, despite ongoing chest-thumping by Team Bush and their ridiculous assertions that they have made America safer, most Americans -- 57 percent -- also believe the war has made the U.S. less safe from terrorism.
Like everything else we read and see in the Corporate Media, polls are controlled by the Republican Party.
In August 2005, Democrats.com began lobbying media pollsters to demand the inclusion of questions that Democratic voters care about - like impeaching George Bush. Despite thousands of emails, the media pollsters refused to include our questions in their polls.
As a result, Democrats.com has worked with allies like AfterDowningStreet.org to commission our own polls from reputable pollsters like Harris, Ipsos Public Affairs, Rasmussen, and Zogby.
I was shocked to read this in today's First Read from MSNBC on the fierce debate on torture between chickenhawk George Bush and Republican hawks like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, John Warner, and Colin Powell:
some analysts don't think the current debate will wind up hurting Republicans much at the polls in November. NBC political analyst Charlie Cook notes that as long as Topic #1 is detainee policy instead of the unpopular war in Iraq, that's a plus for the GOP.
It's no secret to anyone who's accidentally tuned into the Hannity & Colmes show on Fox News and thought they stumbled across an over-the-top Saturday Night Live sketch, that Sean Hannity doesn’t have a real firm grasp on reality. I mean, this is the same man who once offered a liberal guest the Hobson's choice of "Is it that you hate this president or that you hate America?"
Hannity's also been known to claim that the Constitution doesn't say anything about the separation of church and state and, in a May 2004 edition of his television show, asked a clergyman if they could "pray for the re-election of George Bush."
So it didn’t really surprise me today when I went to Hannity's web site and saw a poll on the front page that asked his erudite fans "What do you think about WMD's being found in Iraq?" This is on his main page right now, not four years ago.
Note to Sean: You may want to stop praying for Bush and give him a call with this news. I'm sure he'll be happy to hear it.
Hannity started college but never finished -- he didn't drop out to join the military either -- so it looks like he never got to take a statistics class where one might learn about clean survey methodology, because the choices given to his viewers and listeners on the WMD question are, well, I'll just show you.
Now, there's some fine choices for the Rhodes Scholars who take in Hannity's twisted wisdom every day. The closest option to the truth in Hannity's world is evidently the choice that suggests you're a dummy and just didn’t know that Republican Senator Rick Santorum had recently made the WMD discovery that shocked the world -- and all but doomed his failing re-election campaign in Pennsylvania.
As if we need another sign that we Americans should go to the polls in November with a goal of changing our country's leadership, a new poll published today in the The Daily Telegraph shows that people in Britain -- our best friends in the world -- no longer like our country.
YouGov, a British polling organization, did the survey June 26-28 and found that 77 percent of Britons polled disagree with the statement that the United States is "a beacon of hope for the world".
The pundits keep repeating the mantra that voters disapprove of Congressional Democrats as much as they disapprove of Bush. But the latest NBC/WSJ poll provides important insight into the attitude behind those numbers:
Americans take dim views of both parties, giving Democrats a positive rating of just 33% and Republicans 35%. But they have different expectations for the minority and for the party that controls Congress and the White House. If no progress is made on key issues, the Journal/NBC poll shows, 51% would blame either Mr. Bush or congressional Republicans, compared with 16% who would blame congressional Democrats. One in four voters would blame all parties.