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push poll

political telemarketing masquerading as a poll but no one is collecting information or analyzing data and it does not include any demographic questions
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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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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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A recent "push poll" of 426 Arkansas voters, conducted by a group created by the governor, showed that 66 percent believe improvements in public education should be on the November 2004 ballot and 26 percent want to see a compromise worked out in the Legislature.
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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.
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