Presidential Polls and why they don’t matter

20 Jun

Yesterday when I was at work I got an email from the Mitt Romney campaign to go and vote in the Time Magazine straw poll online. So I checked it out and there were the results,

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From these results it looks as if Ron Paul has cleaned up the nomination and the other candidates should just give up now. Of course we all know and I suspect even the Paul campaign knows that he has about as much chance of getting the GOP nomination as Hillary Clinton. But what this poll does show is how easy it its for Ron Paul to continue to mobilize the small group of supporters he has. He can get them to rallies, they vote in these little BS web polls and if he were not full of crazy it would translate into good press for him. He is a classic example of what Adam Carolla calls “Good lenses bad frames” that is to say he see’s what is wrong with the world and probably has some good ideas but when he presents these ideas they come out as pure crazy.

The other thing that this shows is how worthless these polls are they can be easily moved by one group or another sending out an email and I am sure that prior to the Mitt Romney email going out Paul had even a larger majority. Add to this that the poll included people like Sarah Palin who have not even announced yet and this becomes complete BS. However I feel that the fine men and women at time magazine knew that this was going to happen and ran this poll with the hope that Ron Paul wins and then they could run a follow up article about how nuts all of us GOP right wingers really are.


Posted by on June 20, 2011 in Politics


2 responses to “Presidential Polls and why they don’t matter

  1. JD

    July 13, 2011 at 18:19

    I don’t really understand your argument. Are you saying Ron Paul is the only person with internet supporters, because Sarah Palin has over 3 million followers to Ron Paul’s 400,000. If every candidate is encouraging supporters to vote in these polls, shouldn’t the results be a fair representation.

    • mdevietro

      July 13, 2011 at 20:08

      very easy, Sarah Palin has supporters online but she also the support of working parents, Moms of the world and many others. Ron Pauls supporters pretty much start and end with idealistic young men in their 20’s and 30’s, but Paul can get these people to show up in droves to an online poll.


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