Sunday, September 23, 2007

Propaganda Poll

Over at Matt's place a bunch of commenters are saying we're stupid for calling it a push poll. They're sort of right, but I just called it that because it didn't really fit any of the categories neatly. It isn't really a push poll, but nor is it a "message testing" poll as suggested. It's a "conduct a badly worded poll designed to get a specific answer in order to get your willing pals at the Washington Post to get the result you want out into the press" poll. So, fine, not a push poll. A propaganda poll.

I say it isn't really a message testing poll because it's along the lines of "Some people claim Barack Obama is a child molesting terrorist lover..." The impact of the question wording on the response is rather obvious.