End Opinion Polls for elections

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
September 8, 2008 3:50pm CST
I guess this was talked about on the radio but it came up in a discussion this weekend. With the polls changing every hour and news people hanging one every poll number my questions is What if we outlawed Political polls and made everyone make up their mind indepently? Would our elections be different and how would they be different. Would this be a good thing or a bad thing. Just how informed do we need to be about what every person thinks of a candidate? Would this make a difference in the Primaries ? The General Election?
2 responses
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I think it would change a lot. I think the polls have too much influence, and people pay far too much attention to them. If people would vote the way they really believed instead of trying to follow the crowd and voting the way the majority seems to be leaning on the polls, I think we would have better results. I personally think those poll numbers can be manipulation simply by the way a question is framed, and so they don't necessarily reflect an accurate picture. As to the elections, it would have an impact. No one likes being on the losing side of an issue, and I believe the poll results could very well influence someone to vote against their beliefs simply to avoid beingon the losing side. I think the only polls should be the ones on election day, and ban the rest.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Polls tend to ask a series of questions and draw conclusions from the results. The truth is in the individual questions and the order asked. If you ask a series of questions about the President with his strongest areas first - National Security and the weaker areas last War in Iraq, Housing etc. when you ask for the overall satisfaction you have the people thinking negatively so they will respond with a lower overall rating. Polls can be very miss leading to the public.
@pillusch (1149)
• Mexico
8 Sep 08
Why not end elections LOL? No, seriously, the democratic process consists mainly of a very cleverly devised marketing process, and the polls are part of it. Where would the fun be without them? I watch CNN a lot, but after two days I always have to give it a break because I get dizzy. There is simply not enough to talk about, so they have to find SOMETHING! That's where the polls come in handy.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
9 Sep 08
I agree with you on getting dizzy from watching 24/7 news channels. When the have breaking news of a convenience store robbery in anywhere USA or a car chase in LA (Daily some say). They need to fill every hour of every day with something. Polls are great because you can poll different people every hour and get different responses.