class="MsoNormalIn a deep sense, the Ipsos survey methodology reflects the genre of the infamous push polls
, defined by researchers as "a method of pseudo polling in which political propaganda is disseminated to naive respondents who have been tricked into believing they have been sampled for a poll that is sincerely interested in their opinions".
Orban has spent millions of euros in public money on spreading his propaganda using so-called national consultations-- effectively expensive, taxpayer-funded push polls
, in which survey questionnaires with manipulative questions were mailed to each household in Hungary, accompanied by public information (in reality, propaganda) campaigns in the mass media.
Cruz also took aim at GOP rival Marco Rubio, whose campaign has tied Cruz to push polls
in South Carolina as well as a fake Facebook page saying that U.S.
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." Both of Michaud's opponents denied any involvement.
, the "most toxic form of negative ads" essentially "masquerade in the guise of legitimate scientific research" to spread lies, rumors, and innuendos about candidates.
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.
''It's just wrong, it's un-American and it's one reason McCain-Feingold ought to be repealed.'' Who is behind the push polls
and who is funding them, Mr.
In late summer, The Tribune also reported that the pro-voucher group had employed a dubious tactic typically used in campaigns for public office--the "push-poll." 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.
We've revamped motherjones.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.