The Polls and the Truth

I know that polls are used to shape public opinion. A poll in April, a poll in June, the purpose of that poll, look at who’s doing these polls? The purpose of these polls is to create news, not reflect it. They’re not reflecting public opinion. They’re trying to shape it. This is what the media does. Some people don’t want to admit that, but it’s what they do. But when you get closer to the election, they do have their credibility to be concerned about. And something has to explain why the polls all of a sudden do this mad shift. I just don’t believe one debate did this. I don’t believe there have been that many undecided. Like you. You have been decided and firm in your resolve for months. You weren’t undecided.

This is not a climate where people can’t figure out what they’re gonna do. I mean, how in the world anybody’s undecided right now is beyond me, but there might still be some. It’s gotta be a pretty small number. But I think you’re right. I think people in certain circumstances will be afraid, especially if their opinion is anti-Obama or voting preferences for somebody other than Obama, there will be some reticence about saying so because they don’t want to get yelled at or vandalized or what have you, in the case of a bumper sticker or a yard sign or what have you. You’re totally right about that. I just don’t believe massive shifts like this in public opinion. I don’t think that many people change their minds that often, that dramatically, that many times, as these polls have reflected.

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