There’s a reason I don’t pharyngulate polls anymore

The cranks have gotten smarter. How could I possibly wreck this poll from Lou Dobbs?

On the one hand, Dobbs has “cleverly” made it impossible to participate in the poll without approving of Trump.

On the other hand, it’s ridiculous, and they’ve totally given up on the idea of using a poll to gather honest information, and they’ve reduced it to meaningless noise from the claque, which is what I was trying to show with bombing polls anyway.

So I win, I guess?


  1. says

    Reminds me of the push polling they were doing during the Bush years.
    Remember this old chestnut?
    “Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?”

  2. microraptor says

    @1: You just had to remind me of that one…

    I actually participated in a political survey on the phone back then. It was ridiculously biased and I think I frustrated the caller since I answered every one of their disingenuous hypothetical questions with “I’d need you to provide citation.”

    I believe they said they were going to mark me down as “undecided.”

  3. lanir says

    I do think all those adjectives apply to Trump. They just don’t generally apply to qualities or actions of his that benefit most of the rest of the country. On rare occasions they do though – it’s important to be accurate – but those occasions tend to be the exception.

  4. blf says

    I know I’ve told this story before, so apologies for the repeat: That reminds me very very much of a survey sent out by the IT department for Big DumbieCo, who I worked for at that time. It was, paraphrasing from memory:

    How good is IT’s support?
    ○ Excellent.
    ○ Very good.
    ○ Good.

    Those were all the choices which were offered.

  5. says

    I was shocked by this bad poll too, but a day later and I’m wondering how much of it is pure Dear Leader, and how much is designed to “trigger the libs”.

  6. Eric Ressner says

    Nothing to stop him from “truthfully” reporting the results as follows:

    Superb: 45%
    Great: 35%
    Very good: 20%
    Poor: 0%