Avoiding Self-serving and Hyper-partisan Interpretations of Public Opinion

There is a tendency to honor and trumpet public opinion when we agree with it, and to dishonor and disdain the stupidity of American voters and the shallowness of public opinion when we disagree with it.

Truth is that there have always been stupid, shallow and easily manipulated voters on all sides of the political spectrum. No party or faction or ideology has a monopoly on stupidity or shallowness.

And polls are increasingly inaccurate because it’s increasingly difficult to achieve representative samples from telephone surveys since Americans have moved to mobile phones and resent calls to them. Stop the Polling Insanity.

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