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IMHO
10-25-2015, 05:26 PM
During the recent election campaign we were inundated with poll results. As we neared the end most polls showed the Liberals as the likely winner. I cannot help but wonder if this constant barrage of poll results somehow influences how we vote. We all want a winner. If the polls show the Liberals as the likely winner.....does that make us want to go with the winner and dismiss the other parties? Would the election be more "fair" if there were no polls? ARE WE NOT POLITICALLY savvy enough to choose for ourselves without outside influence? Do polls actually influence the election results ? I think of this every election.

BFLPE
10-25-2015, 06:10 PM
I'm sure there are poll results somewhere to answer your questions. :)

It's the earlier polls I wonder about that they use to determine what issues people are concerned about. The one's that allow the politicians to tell us exactly what they think we want to hear so we'll vote for them.

Anapeg
10-25-2015, 06:36 PM
It may reinforce some people's choice but I would have to think by polling day, most have decided even if they have not told themselves yet.