A Few Quick Words About Gallup Polls

There is good reason to question Gallup polls now…
Gallup shows tie in generic Congressional ballot

And Gallup polls have been questionable for decades…

I echo some of the thoughts from a post on The Cassandra Page from the last election cycle:

One such treasure trove of facts is found in Phyllis Schlafly’s 1964 paperback, “A Choice Not an Echo.” In Choice, Schlafly breaks down each Republican primary battle from 1936 through 1960 and shows how establishment Republicans (those with ties to the publishing and banking world) had undermined the choice of the rank-and-file Republicans with false charges (spread through an obliging MSM) of “extremism” and “unelectability.”

Among my favorite chapters is Chapter 6, in which she discusses polls – “Pollsters and Hoaxsters” (1944):

The New York Kingmakers realized they could not capture the 1944 Republican nomination either with Wilkie or with the same type of last-minute blitz they had used in 1940. This time they went into action earlier. They discovered and developed a new political weapon: the Gallup Poll. Dr. George Gallup began asking a lot of questions of a very few people, and – funny thing – he usually came up with answers that pleased the New York kingmakers.

The Gallup Poll has been used repeatedly as a subtle propaganda machine to sell the Republicans on the false propositions that the GOP cannot win unless it (1) continues the New Deal foreign policy (Soviet appeasement – Salt) and (2) names candidates who will appeal to the left-leaning Democrats and liberals.

p. 45

Phyllis Schlafly’s 1964 book is now available on Scribd:

A Choice Not an Echo:
The Inside Story of How American Presidents Are Chosen

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4 Responses to A Few Quick Words About Gallup Polls

  1. For most of the year, America’s political and media elites, including the Obama team itself, have touted the notion of an economic recovery (which never materialised), significantly underestimated the rise of the Tea Party movement, and questioned the notion that conservatism was sweeping America. It is only now hitting home just how close Washington is to experiencing a political revolution in November that will fundamentally change the political landscape on Capitol Hill, with huge implications for the Obama presidency. What was once a perspective confined largely to Fox News, online conservative news sites, or talk radio is now gaining ground in the liberal US print media as well – historic change is coming to America, though not quite the version promised by Barack Obama.

    - From: Even America’s liberal elites concede that Obama’s Presidency is crumbling

  2. Aaron says:

    On a side note, it looks like even the most die-hard far-lefties can become enlightened.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100908/ap_on_re_us/cb_cuba_fidel_castro

    The top leader of Cuba’s glorious communist paradise admits the failure of left-wing economics. This is one small step for liberty. Cuba still has a long road to travel before their population can finally be free of the oppression that far left economic theories wrought upon them, but one step closer is one less to go. Makes me think there might still be hope for North Korea, China and California.

  3. skeeter says:

    Outside of local events, one of the local TV channels in this area only televised NBC programs for years. This AM, this local channel announced it will be adding FOX Programming in the near future.

    I think that is a fairly good POLL indicating which direction the tide is turning, especially when you consider 101697 people (51%) in the city where the local channel originates are in the 96% group that voted for Obama in 2008.

    Also: ABC News President David Westin says he’s stepping down at the end of the year. Then there was the rumor (for a short time) that Katie Couric might step down from her CBS spot and replace Larry King–she said she “didn’t want it”. Also rumored CBS was looking for ways to help pay Couric’s $15 million a year salary.

    Then there is CNN which has lost a huge chunk of their numbers as ratings go. Far as long as I have been watching elections it seems as if there are most always big shake-ups in National Media Networks either just before or after major shifts in Legislative and/or Executive elections.

    Fox is more than head and shoulders above the others.

    Categorized | Cable News Daily RatingsTags : CNBC Ratings, CNN Ratings, Fox News Ratings, HLN Ratings, MSNBC Ratings
    Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, September 8, 2010
    Posted on 10 September 2010 by Bill Gorman

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    Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 8, 2010
    P2+ Total Day
    FNC – 1,214,000 viewers
    CNN – 402,000 viewers
    MSNBC – 413,000 viewers
    CNBC – 202,000 viewers
    HLN – 280,000 viewers

    P2+ Prime Time
    FNC – 2,569,000 viewers
    CNN – 654,000 viewers
    MSNBC –923,000 viewers
    CNBC – 269,000 viewers
    HLN – 508,000 viewers
    25-54 Total Day
    FNC –309,000 viewers
    CNN –123,000 viewers
    MSNBC –108,000 viewers
    CNBC – 69,000 viewers
    HLN – 123,000 viewers

    25-54 Prime Time
    FNC – 653,000 viewers
    CNN – 210,000 viewers
    MSNBC –260,000 viewers
    CNBC – 115,000 viewers
    HLN – 160,000 viewers

    35-64 Total Day
    FNC – 537,000 viewers
    CNN – 183,000 viewers
    MSNBC – 183,000 viewers
    CNBC – 114,000 viewers
    HLN – 134,000 viewers

    35-64 Prime Time
    FNC –1,201,000 viewers
    CNN – 3-8,000 viewers
    MSNBC –451,000 viewers
    CNBC – 145,000 viewers
    HLN –239,000 viewers

    Morning programs (6:00AM-9:00AM) P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    FOX & Friends- 1,014,000 viewers (338,000) (513,000)
    American Morning- 236,000 viewers (112,000) (136,000)
    Morning Joe- 328,000 viewers (68,000) (132,000)
    Squawk Box- 132,000 viewers (63,000) (94,000)
    Morning Express w/ Meade- 304,000 viewers (122,000) (167,000)

    5PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    Glenn Beck – 1,702,000 viewers (340,000) (646,000)
    Situation Room—641,000 viewers (118,000) (232,000)
    Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 588,000 viewers (152,000) (211,000)
    Fast Money– 168,000 viewers (a scratch w/36,000) (111,000)
    Showbiz Tonight — 186,000 viewers (84,000) (67,000)

    6PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    Special Report w/ Bret Baier – 1,971,000 viewers (365,000) (718,000)
    Situation Room—482,000 viewers (131,000) (232,000)
    Ed Show —654,000 viewers (137,000) (243,000)
    Mad Money —a scratch w/ 122,000 viewers (a scratch w/ 40,000) (81,000)
    Prime News – 300,000 viewers (148,000) (135,000)

    7PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    The Fox Report w/ Shep – 1,796,000 viewers (416,000) (810,000)
    John King USA – 421,000 viewers (108,000) (166,000)
    Hardball w/ C. Matthews – 627,000 viewers (129,000) (266,000)
    Kudlow Report–128,000 viewers (a scratch w/28,000) (75,000)
    Issues – 370,000 viewers (186,000) (194,000)

    8PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    The O’Reilly Factor– 3,530,000 viewers (912,000) (1,644,000)
    Rick’s List –497,000 viewers (173,000) (248,000)
    Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 1,051,000 viewers (262,000) (494,000)
    Marijuana Inc.–237,000 viewers (117,000) (133,000)
    Nancy Grace – 705,000 viewers (213,000) (287,000)

    9 PM – P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    Hannity– 2,344,000 viewers (618,000) (1,134,000)
    Larry King Live —618,000 viewers (204,000) (307,000)
    Rachel Maddow Show —1,112,000 viewers (318,000) (557,000)
    Bio: Harlem Globetrotters – 305,000 viewers (102,000) (146,000)
    Joy Behar – 416,000 viewers (109,000) (200,000)

    10 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    On the Record w/ Greta—1,824,000 viewers (426,000) (821,000)
    Anderson Cooper 360 — 846,000 viewers (252,000) (369,000)
    Countdown w/ K. Olbermann – 605,000 viewers (199,000) (300,000)
    American Greed – 266,000 viewers (125,000) (156,000)
    Nancy Grace –423,000 viewers (165,000) (234,000)

    11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    The O’Reilly Factor– 1,638,000 viewers (474,000) (845,000)
    Anderson Cooper 360 – 407,000 viewers (155,000) (220,000)
    Rachel Maddow Show —481,000 viewers (117,000) (250,000)
    Mad Money – a scratch w/84,000 viewers (a scratch w/40,000) (a scratch w/38,000)
    Showbiz Tonight– 319,000 viewers (135,000) (177,000)

    http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/09/10/cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-september-8-2010/62847#more-62847

  4. Drudge Report Headline today:

    GALLUPUSATODAY POLL OF SWING STATES:

    Obama 47% Romney 48%
    Obama 50% Paul 43%
    Obama 51% Santorum 44%
    Obama 54% Gingrich 40%

    See Phyllis Schlafly’s 1964 book. Specifically, go to page 45. Chapter Six, “The Pollsters and the Hoaxers”:

    The New York kingmakers realized they could not capture the 1944 Republican nomination either with Willkie or with the same type of last-minute blitz they had used in 1940. This time they went into action earlier. They discovered and developed a new political weapon: the Gallup Poll. Dr. George Gallup began asking a lot of questions of a very few people, and — funny thing — he usually came up with answers thatpleased the New York kingmakers.

    The Gallup Poll has been used repeatedly as a subtle propaganda machine to sell the Republicans on the false propositions that the GOP cannot win unless it (1) continues the New Deal foreign policy and (2) names candidates who will appeal to left-leaning Democrats and liberals.

    In my opinion, this Gallup poll is intended to make it look like the only way to beat Obama in November is to nominate Mitt Romney now. Romney sold out to the kingmakers in 2008, and it’s “his turn” now. The kingmakers will do everything in their power to make Romney the nominee, just like they did last time to make McCain the nominee. And Romney would lose to Obama, just like McCain did.

    Obama is vulnerable to anyone who will run against him. He is an historically awful president.

    We should nominate the most conservative candidate, not the least conservative candidate.

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