Most in this country have a very short attention span. Most won’t watch the second debate and I still refuse to believe that 2% of people in this country would throw away a vote for “other”. But then, as long as they live in a state that doesn’t matter, go for it.
Here in Central NYState, there are many of the Dems who are not enchanted with Obama who will be voting for the silly “Green” candidate - guaranteed.
I am part of the 91% who hang up as soon as I hear “pollster” or detect that from the questioning. When I DO decide to take my time to answer, I NEVER give honest answers to approximately half the questions, both the demographic questions and the “money” questions. No sense answering them all opposite - that won’t screw up the pollster or their cross tabs.
Much better to say, “I’m black... I’m making 200,000+ ... the economy stinks ... I’m voting for the green party... I consider myself moderate or conservative... most important issue is the deficit ... but registered Democrat... I agree with the Afghan war... country is going in the right direction”. I have been doing this for at least 15 years.
I imagine when I get done, if they wanted to spend a lot of time correlating unlikely honest responses, they could figure out a way to toss me out, but it costs a heckova lot of programmer power to figure out how to do that, and they will not. And yet, that type of responder is NOT part of their “Margin of Error” calculations. They assume all responders are honest, and their “MOE” is based on simple statistics of sampling errors, not liars.
I hate polls. Always have. Always will. Really want to screw them up if I am going to take up my time with them.