If you present me with an article with a poll:
I am reading the poll.
I am reading the questions.
And sometimes this is where the poll really doesn’t support the headline or agenda
Mark Twain famously said
There's lies, damned lies, and statistics." Update that with polls
The problem with agendas is they meet reality. And everyone who ran a competitive race calling for M4All lost
But when you read the polling it was based on a short list of ten vehicles with only 4 were cars.
Car = politician
But that poll was used as the basis for a number of articles and think pieces.
Fun game -review the past articles on your favorite pundits and see how often their wrong
Polling is data. But you should learn to be good consumers on accessing the reliability of that data.
Break your habit of looking for info only to back up your beliefs
Telling me what I want to hear and only what I want to hear - would lead to a very painful Election Day.
If you really want to win stop doing that.
If you don’t assume something is already popular you at least ready to work on persuasion tactics
Howard Dean in his years running the political operations of the DNC was far more successful promoting further left candidates than Bernie Sanders has been.
Medicare for All is only popular if ppl don’t talk about the details. Then it has a lot of hard to sell provisions
Socialism isn’t actually popular with young ppl. But safety nets are.
Neither is libertarianism- they just think there are too many lifestyle laws
There are more POC in the next generation so that boast left voters
Each state has a different pool of independent, R leaning and D leaning changes from state to state.
But sometimes non registered is lumped into that category and that is actually different
But sure enough when the far left went to sell them - it wasn’t super easy and they lost their shirts.
Do you know candidates don’t personally keep donation money - the point of donation money is to help get elected.
And if something was so popular it made it easier to get elected - that like free money
Politicians are hyper sensitive to voter concerns
They want to tell voters what they think instead of finding out.
Understanding when support is thin as a sheet of ice on a lake - allow you to take steps to fortify support before stepping out.