push poll

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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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It looks like a push-polling exercise to fabricate a position which won t be a fair representation of the views of South Australians.
Push-polling usually preys on poorly-educated voters who typically spread the misconception planted by the pollster.
Push-polling, if you aren't familiar with the term, is a sneaky technique where you call up voters, and ask them questions that are supposed to sound like a survey, but are really an attempt to make people change their minds-questions like: "Does Senator Smith's history of arrests in public restrooms for indecent behavior make you more or less likely to vote for him?
Will audiences fall prey to propaganda, emotional appeals, push-polling, or fallacious reasoning?
By first grade he was push-polling against my run for president of the Wellesley College Young Republicans organization," said Sen.
Despite the poll's bias, it served its purpose: to deliver a not-so-veiled threat that, on a moment's notice, the tobacco companies could make many more such calls throughout Texas and, through strategies such as push-polling, mobilize an untold number of voters against the suit - and against Morales.
According to Heller, the campaign hadn't wanted the push-polling assistance.