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Push Polling Against John Roberts?


I hate push polling. I hated it when Bush did it to McCain and I hate it even more when members of my own party could be doing it.

That’s why I was especially disheartened to hear news from The Volokh Conspiracy that a friend of his had a gotten phone call talking about John Roberts wanting to overturn Roe v. Wade.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me (and Volokh) enlighten you:

A “Push Poll” is a telemarketing technique in which telephone calls are used to canvass vast numbers of potential voters, feeding them false and damaging “information” about a candidate under the guise of taking a poll to see how this “information” effects voter preferences. In fact, the intent is to “push” the voters away from one candidate and toward the opposing candidate. This is clearly political telemarketing, using innuendo and, in many cases, clearly false information to influence voters; there is no intent to conduct research. fake polling calls designed to use the perceived legitimacy of polling questions as a way of creating an impression about an event or person.

In other words, it seeds people with a false impression of the person being “polled” in order to have the voter think a certain way about them. It’s a very slimy, disgusting and wrong way to go about things. So how did Volokh find out about it?

My well-placed and reliable source received a call today from someone claiming to be a pollster from the apparently nonexistent “LST Research Center” who was conducting an opinion poll. The poll consisted of two questions. The first question was whether she was pro-life or pro-choice. When my well-placed and reliable source answered that she was pro-choice, the caller then asked for her views on the President’s decision to nominate someone who wanted the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade. My well-placed and reliable source then began arguing with the caller about the inaccuracy of the factual premise; the caller said that she was just reading from a script, didn’t really know the details, and then hung up.

Of course I can’t confirm this, but I trust Volokh.

Today is a sad day indeed.