Gallup fails to include Nader, Barr on questionnaires

Gallup polls show Ralph Nader with 0.1 percent of the national popular vote.  So Nader called them up and asked how that could be.  The response?  They don’t include the names of third-party candidates on their polling questionnaires!  Gallup’s data, therefore, are not truly representing popular opinion.  CNN and Zogby both show Nader with as much as five percent of the national popular vote.  Read my letter to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup and feel free to write your own to:

Mr. Newport,

I’m writing to call into question the judgment used in Gallup’s polling procedures.  It’s come to my attention that poll questions do not include the names of so-called “third party” candidates.  My concern is that this leads to inaccurate results and may skew audience opinions.

For example, CNN polls have shown Ralph Nader to have as much as 5% of the electorate nationwide.  In a contest as close as this year’s may turn out to be, that 5% might make a big difference in the outcome for the Republican and Democrat candidates.  Meanwhile, Libertarian Bob Barr likely has a chance to garner support from dis-enfranchised evangelical conservatives who feel McCain isn’t the best choice to represent their values.  Barr and Nader could create a dynamic that your polls are missing entirely.

I’m not sure as to your criteria for including a candidate’s name in your polling questions, but Nader at least has his name on 45 state ballots and possibly as much as 10% of voter support in Michigan, an important state in every election.  Barr is on 46 ballots with a chance at 49.  Ballot access laws require petitions and thousands of signatures, so to have gotten such widespread access means that Americans believe other options should be available on election day.  By excluding these candidates, the accuracy of your organization’s polling data seems questionable at best.

For the purposes of accuracy, I urge you to include presidential candidates Bob Barr and Ralph Nader as well as others with a reasonable amount of ballot access.




~ by Daniel on 7 October, 2008.

4 Responses to “Gallup fails to include Nader, Barr on questionnaires”

  1. Remember,
    you MUST take one of the candidates who forced you to pay for the Wall Street bailout.

    “The two parties should be
    almost identical, so that
    the American people can
    ‘throw the rascals out’
    at any election without
    leading to any profound or
    extensive shifts in policy.”
    -Carol Quigley

  2. Thanks for the quote, very telling! (Though I suspect Quigley is quite in favor of such an arrangement.)

  3. It’s really sad that the Commission on Presidential Debates decides who they want to debate based on the results of polls… when the polls don’t even include all the candidates. Screw that, it’s time for a revolution!

  4. It’s a damn disgrace that the two parties of the apocalypse and their corpoRATe media now have complete control of what now cynically passes for “debate” and “news.”

    If you compare issue polls on things like national health care, the war and the corpoRATe welfare bailout, the Nader agenda is what those polled want as government policy, and obamessiah and the reverend mcPain agendas are not.

    Alas, due to the information monopoly held by the two corpoRATe parties, Nader and his message are not heard.

    What really burns me is the so called “progressive” bloggers who could be having a much bigger effect by pointing out that obamessiah = mcPain on all the issues, yet have jumped on the obamessiah bandwagon.

    I fully expected the corpoRATe media to do their censorship thing. I had hoped for better from my fellow bloggers.

    I intend to continue being one of the very few who have dedicated our blogs to real progressive issues and actions. Should obamessiah win the election, all my fellow bloggers who have become parrots of the corpoRATe media will then be forced to defend the failed obamessiah agenda. Who knows, maybe they will get a clue in time to have a better effect come the midterm election of 2010.

    At the age of 50, I’m getting tired of saying I TOLD YOU SO! As I have since the dirty dems took both houses of congress in 2006. The dem agenda has CLEARLY BEEN THE SAME AS THE repub AGENDA SINCE THEN! Just as it was before 2006! How so many of my fellow bloggers just don’t get that is the real shame…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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