Skip to comments.WE ARE THE 91%: Only 9% of Americans Cooperate with Pollsters
Posted on 09/30/2012 7:18:51 PM PDT by TChad
One of the most amazing and significant statistics of this election season has gone almost completely unnoticed: Only 9% of sampled households gave an answer to pollsters in 2012:
It has become increasingly difficult to contact potential respondents and to persuade them to participate. The percentage of households in a sample that are successfully interviewed the response rate has fallen dramatically. At Pew Research, the response rate of a typical telephone survey was 36% in 1997 and is just 9% today.
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>>Who still has a landline?
I do because cell coverage sucks where I live. In fact, I’ve never lived anyplace where the cell coverage was good enough to ditch a land line, and that includes living in Silicon Valley. WA state? Nope. New Mexico? Nope. Rural and urban Connecticut? Nope.
Where do people live where they get such good coverage?
Polls are just solid BS in 2012, they can say anything the pollster wants them to say, depending on how they “weight” the 9% who will even answer the damn surveys.
This doesn’t surprise me at all. We’ve all become more cautious.
I screen calls and, on the rare occasion when I do answer an unknown number and find a pollster or telemarketer, it’s a quick, “Sorry, I can’t help you.”
It’s only wishful thinking but I sooooo wish all the polls would prove horribly wrong and that Obama and the Dems would get plowed under on election night.
Then I could gleefully switch channels between Ed Schultz and Jeff Maddow while they self-destruct. Shultz only narrowly survived 2010. They should have an ambulance waiting just in case.
If Obama wins, I will be honestly mourning the death of the Free Republic of America.
I haven’t answered my land line in years. Only have it for the DSL
I havent answered my land line in years. Only have it for the DSL
and to call my cel when I can’t find it in the house.
Non-liberal, i.e. conservative states. I live in Alabama and coverage is excellent.
Your phone experience is identical to mine. No land phone, just cells.
Plus the “its none of your business” factor I believe is on our side as well.
That just goes to show that the pollsters are using a busted business model. People sitting at home by a landline are either the retired elderly or the out-of-work welfare people. People who are busy with jobs and on the go are basically unreachable by pollsters are by and large not Obama voters.
Funny, you use the term “movers and shakers.” That’s the line the Demonrats use - that they are the movers and shakers and the Republicans are the status quo. I still have a landline and use it. I’ve been polled 4 times and get calls every day. I quit answering. I even get calls from Organizing For America - obama’s camp. Hah, like I’d answer their poll anyway.
Same here, we haven’t had a land line in three years. Though, I can not ever remember being polled in any of the years we had a land line either. Which is odd seeing as we vote in every election not just presidential.
Caller ID is now FAR more widespread than it was in 08 and the move to smartphones and the dropping of landlines means that pretty much everyone under 50 will see who’s calling when they pick up their phone.
Unfortunately, DNC does not apply to political surveyors.
Political calls are not covered by the Do Not Call List........
I should have guessed.
We still have a landline. We don’t have a cell in our area and even if we did, we’d still keep our pay-as-you-go cell phones because we refuse to get into a contract.
At any rate, we have caller ID and just don’t answer the phone when we get a political call or an ‘unknown’.