Robotic poll of Mainers willing to answer their landlines gives Senate race to Angus King
A poll released today puts Angus King in the lead over everyone else in the universe. The news doesn’t surprise me though, since voters don’t really know anything about the candidates. Yet. But that doesn’t stop Angus King from touting the poll results using his standard third person technique.
I read these numbers, by the way, with skepticism. I wonder how many calls it took to find 993 registered Maine voters with landlines willing to answer the dozen questions asked by a female-voiced robot. And of those 993 respondents with the time to complete the lengthy survey, I wonder how many accurately reflect the average Mainer, the ones too busy to answer calls from robots.
Besides, even though exact stats are hard to come by, there’s no question that most people have given up on landlines. Those still chained to telephone poles (myself included) usually either live in rural areas where coverage is spotty or, to put it bluntly, are old. And I wonder if their views are shared proportionately by those who have embraced the wireless lifestyle.
No matter what the poli-scientists and pundits proclaim, until the methodology for taking the pulse of the electorate is modernized, their data is about as useful as MySpace. And that’s not just me saying it. Those in the market research field are starting to realize that they need to change their game to be considered even remotely relevant.
I don’t have a clue what it would take fix political polling. And frankly, I don’t give a damn. I would much rather see the media and the political wonks focus on the actual stances and backgrounds of the candidates. Who is actually winning in the months leading up to November really doesn’t matter. Not at this point of the Senatorial horse race. It’s a cliché, but the only real poll that matters is Election Day.