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.
Even in Oregon, recent home of the "no negative campaigning" mantra, someone mounted a push poll
effort against the Republican front-runner in the May 21 primary for the 1st District House seat.
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.
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.
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.
Properly speaking, a push poll
is an attack phone call disguised as a poll--"Hi, I'm doing polling for the Iowa caucus.
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.