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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.

push′ poll`


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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16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves issued a statement calling on policymakers to reject a recently released push poll on the important truck safety issue of hours-of-service.
Patrick, the Chronicle noted, hit back by offering a $1,000 reward to anyone producing the audio of a push poll asking about the challenger's mental history while accusing the Dewhurst campaign of producing the call.
The authors term push poll ads "the poison gas warfare of political campaigns" Negative ads "demobilize citizens .
Duncan ran a push poll asking voters if they would be less likely to vote for his opponent because of his "Native ancestry.
John Zogby said in a statement defending the poll: "We reject the notion that this was a push poll because it very simply wasn't.
Although the survey was not neutral, testing messages more than measuring all sides of the issue equally, it was not a push poll, according to standards developed by the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR), survey research's premier professional organization.
The most notorious example was a push poll during the 2000 Republican Primaries that asked South Carolina voters whether they'd vote for John McCain if they learned that he had fathered an illegitimate child.
And, to my mind at least, anyone conducting a push poll is guilty of a new kind of obscenity - pretending to sample public opinion while not-so-subtly ripping one or more candidates for public office in order to benefit another - his client.
Anti-voucher activist Johnson said that the push poll was intended to divert attention from the matter at hand, namely whether Utah should fund private schools.
The push poll operates under the guise of legitimate survey research to spread lies, rumors, and innuendo about candidates.
Trey Grayson continues to lie and push poll, but still falls farther behind.
Who's behind push poll calls going out in the 6th Worcester District, which has an increasingly heated five-person legislative race to break a November tie?