New Poll May Not Be So Authoritative
by Buck Quigley - posted 9:50 am, September 14, 2009
A new telephone poll commissioned by WGRZ TV has already been posted with a story in the online version of Buffalo Business First. This, the “final poll” commissioned by the TV station from Survey USA, puts Mayor Byron Brown ahead of challenger Mickey Kearns.
Survey USA also conducted a poll for WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, NC last fall, for the Presidential election. There, three previous Survey USA polls had put McCain up by eight, five, and four points, while the fourth one put him up 20. Said McCain would get 58% of the vote, Obama 38%.
On election day, Obama won North Carolina and picked up 15 electoral votes.
So remember, polls are good space fillers for media outlets, but they aren’t always accurate, and they don’t even have to be, no offense to Survey USA.
People seem to love ’em, though, so I figured I’d get a little mileage off this one, seeing as somebody else paid for it.