The less controversial method of push polling
involves early polling about positive and negative characteristics of the candidates in order to determine which bits of information seem to change voters' candidate preferences.
-- asking voters questions designed to spread negative information about a candidate rather than to elicit voters' views -- is a despicable technique.
is one of the dirtier, yet mostly legal, tricks in a political operative's bag of last-minute campaign tools; robo-calling software makes it dirt cheap to place millions of calls to a single swing district.
The result of this lens is that we have a sophisticated understanding of the intricacies of media buying, push polling
, the techniques of consultants, the nuances of ad-making, and other tactical considerations.
In the same breath, however, he admits that other, outside groups who supported Neumann might have engaged in borderline push polling
But campaigns routinely deny any involvement in push polling
, which may be conducted by a contractor located far across the country.
Lobbyists to fund weeks of lies, negative attacks and push polling
, career politician Trey Grayson has been unable to gain traction.
The scale and telephone technology of push polling are new; the concept itself, and the depths to which it can descend, unfortunately are not.
But the legislators listed here are recounting what random citizens and supporters told them or their staff after push polling.
Bennett learned of the push polling from a constituent named Scott Landry of Wilton, Maine.
Of the 45 candidates for the 104th Congress we interviewed, fully 34 (almost 80 percent) claimed that push polling was used against them.
They have engaged in massive push polling
, questionable research, hiring of political hacks and flaks, run phone banks, distributed incorrect information, and generally run a campaign to turn citizens against their elected officials," said Ken Hays, Kinsey's Chief of Staff.