Far from being an inquiry into what the respondent truly thinks about corruption as a phenomenon, Ipsos' push poll
carries the trappings of a dirty campaign masquerading as a legitimate survey.
The authors term push poll
ads "the poison gas warfare of political campaigns" Negative ads "demobilize citizens ...
Edward Moynihan, founder of the anti-slots group "Vote No Slots," called the survey a "push poll
," or a poll designed to influence respondents in favor of a proposal, although the poll did present two strongly worded arguments against gambling.
Duncan ran a push poll
asking voters if they would be less likely to vote for his opponent because of his "Native ancestry."
An ethically more suspect sort of research is the "push poll
." This term actually applies to two distinct campaign practices.
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.
was a 'push poll
,'" then defining that as one that "phrases questions that steer a survey toward a predetermined, desired outcome." St.
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.
Also receiving high-profile attention in the 1996 season is the push poll
, a technique for spreading negative information about a rival under the guise of conducting an opinion survey.
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.
In summer, Utah media reported that PCE employed an underhanded "push poll
," which is a tactic aimed at moving a voter toward or away from a particular candidate or policy position.