September 22, 2004

Put away your hankies...

"Put away your hankies!" says Michael Moore, and for all of us out here who are getting depressed by what looks to be non-stop Bush energy, take a moment to read Moore's essay and to remember all of the reasons why the polls are likely wrong (or at least, badly skewed):

"The polls are wrong. They are all over the map like diarrhea. On Friday, one poll had Bush 13 points ahead -- and another poll had them both tied. There are three reasons why the polls are b.s.: One, they are polling "likely voters." "Likely" means those who have consistently voted in the past few elections. So that cuts out young people who are voting for the first time and a ton of non-voters who are definitely going to vote in THIS election. Second, they are not polling people who use their cell phone as their primary phone. Again, that means they are not talking to young people. Finally, most of the polls are weighted with too many Republicans, as pollster John Zogby revealed last week. You are being snookered if you believe any of these polls."

Ok, I know that Michael Moore is not a professional pollster, and I know that polls can be useful. But I also agree with him that there is an important story building at the grassroots that is not being covered in our primary mass media. So don't get your spirits down! Instead, go hold a candle at a vigil, wave a sign at a protest, march to your capitol!

Posted by hessma at September 22, 2004 04:56 PM