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push poll

n.
A method of denigrating or promoting a viewpoint or a candidate under the guise of a public-opinion poll whose questions are worded in a biased fashion in an effort to influence voters.

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n.
a seemingly unbiased telephone survey that is actually conducted by supporters of a particular candidate and disseminates negative information about an opponent.
[1990–95]
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There has been much ado about the Common Core State Standards this fall, especially after states released results on the new standards-based tests, but many of the claims on what Americans think of the Common Core have been informed by push polls and agenda-driven analysis.
A much bigger deal was made of Michaud's accusations of "whisper campaigns, insinuations and push polls some of the people opposed to my candidacy have been using to raise questions about my personal life.
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I did a little research later and learned that under laws of the state of Maine, where I am now ensconced, push polls - while not de facto illegal - must be conducted under certain guidelines, some of which appeared to be uncertain in the call I received.
According to Sourcewatch, Public Opinion Strategies, a self-described "Republican polling firm," has come under fire for violating polling disclosure laws and has been accused of using push polls to influence elections.
Who is behind the push polls and who is funding them, Mr.
Push polls are used to sway voters by associating them with a highly offensive position or action.
Neither of those campaigns were factual, any more than the push polls in the 2000 South Carolina primaries that accused John McCain of fathering an illegitimate child and betraying his comrades in arms in Vietnam.
com not only to follow and blog on the day's news but also to break major stories of our own--such as Daniel Schulman's investigation into the use of robo-calls and push polls (a primer is on page 21)--that have been picked up on by outlets ranging from TPMmuckraker to the New York Times.
Tony Blair and William Hague (yes the Tories do it too) have become as dependant on the push polls and the spin doctors as the democratic President.