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Why is the race close?
The Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2012 | Ira Brodsky

Posted on 09/20/2012 3:00:21 PM PDT by Evil Slayer

President Obama’s re-election hopes should be growing dimmer by the hour.

His domestic policy has caused unprecedented suffering: high unemployment, gas prices that have doubled, and record numbers on food stamps and disability.

His foreign policy has emboldened our enemies. Our embassies are under attack and Iran’s genocidal leaders are closer to acquiring nuclear weapons.

And yet it is a tight race. How can that be?

Perhaps the polls are wrong. But it’s more likely that decades of media propaganda and public school indoctrination, as well as growing dependency on government, are taking their toll.

Conservative pundits complain that poll samples are skewed in favor of Democrats. When polls conducted just prior to elections are compared with the actual election results, they are frequently found to have overestimated Democrats’ strength. And there are many other potential sources of error in polls. Most polls are conducted via landline telephones despite the fact that more and more people use cellphones exclusively. Some people also believe that conservatives are less likely to participate in polls.

But even polls conducted by Fox News and the Wall Street Journal show President Obama ahead. If we give Romney a 3-point handicap, then the race is dead even.

The media influences how people perceive the issues and candidates, which is why responsible news organizations should strive to be accurate and fair. The fact that most reporters and editors are left-of-center is not necessarily a problem. But it is a problem that many reporters and editors have bought into the idea that since perfect objectivity is unattainable there is no point in trying to be objective. Some of these journalists end up becoming full-fledged propagandists.

The media’s role as propagandist is evidenced in several ways. News stories freely mix opinion with fact. Interviews are conducted not to gather

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: closepolls; mediabias; polls; romney2012
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1 posted on 09/20/2012 3:00:23 PM PDT by Evil Slayer
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To: Evil Slayer

Something about Romney being the incumbent’s shadow maybe . . . ?


2 posted on 09/20/2012 3:02:24 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I was going to say it was because the candidates are too close, but your explanation works.


3 posted on 09/20/2012 3:04:01 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Always remember, it’s to the MEDIA’s advantage to
have a close race, it’s all about RATINGS.


4 posted on 09/20/2012 3:05:21 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Evil Slayer

85% of Dems have been convinced that the economy is improving

easy for them since their welfare checks and stuff haven’t been cut


5 posted on 09/20/2012 3:06:41 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Olog-hai

Yep, other than one is black and the other is white there really is no difference.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 3:06:52 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: Evil Slayer

Another thing is if it’s a close race, it can be spun.
It can be desputed, it can be tied up in the courts,
too close to call, etc.


7 posted on 09/20/2012 3:07:04 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Evil Slayer

Carter was ahead of Reagan at this time in 1980...Just work harder and ignore the meme from the leftist stooges


8 posted on 09/20/2012 3:13:36 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Evil Slayer
Give everyone free health care

Kill small businesses & hiring

People sign-up for entitlements (and they just got their free health care)

Advertise yourself as the 'free stuff' President!

Get lots and LOTS of VOTES, yipppeeee!!!!!!

9 posted on 09/20/2012 3:13:53 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: Nifster
Let's go back in time and see what could be repeated again.....

Ronald Reagan debate with Jimmy Carter

Arguably the most important event of the entire 1980 presidential campaign was the second presidential debate, which was held one week to the day before the election (October 28). On October 26, two days prior to the debate, Gallup released a survey that suggested that Carter was leading Reagan by a margin of 47% to 39%. Over the course of two hours, the entire race changed drastically, and what was considered an extremely tight race with the President slightly ahead became a comfortable Republican victory for Reagan. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since in any televised confrontations.

In his closing remarks, Reagan asked the viewers a simple yet devastating question that would resonate with voters in 1980 and beyond: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions 'yes', why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have." According to President Carter's Press Secretary Jody Powell's memoirs, internal tracking polls showed the President's tiny lead turning into a major Reagan landslide over the final weekend.

10 posted on 09/20/2012 3:23:46 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

Because Romney is about as exciting as Bob Dole?


11 posted on 09/20/2012 3:23:46 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: tet68

BINGO!!


12 posted on 09/20/2012 3:24:42 PM PDT by gdzla
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To: Evil Slayer

A moderate and a democrat.


13 posted on 09/20/2012 3:28:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Evil Slayer

I remember it well indeed


14 posted on 09/20/2012 3:29:26 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Evil Slayer

Because people are idiots.


15 posted on 09/20/2012 3:30:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: trapped_in_LA

One is white and the other is half white.


16 posted on 09/20/2012 3:31:41 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Nifster

You and I both remember. If Romney can just follow Reagan’s debate remarks that I repeated in my post #10, he will win.


17 posted on 09/20/2012 3:33:02 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

absolutely correct...he doesn’t have to be perfect at it just good enough


18 posted on 09/20/2012 3:35:28 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


19 posted on 09/20/2012 3:40:15 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: "ABO"/Ryan 2012)
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To: Nifster

Debates may help turn the tide, but people have to actually watch the debates. TV is far, far more complex today than it was in 1980. Think about it. I’m not putting my faith in debates.


20 posted on 09/20/2012 3:40:42 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Evil Slayer

Here’s a clue, the polls are all skewed to turn us and those writing articles like this that we read off.

Quit reading about Romney losing, and quit thinking he is, because the truth is Romney is going to win HUGE!

However, when we get conservative bloggers writing stupid articles like this that put it in doubt, then they help the left and Obama by pissing on the fire in the ranks of conservatives who may not like Romney, but will be the ones who carry him to an unprecedented win over the One.


21 posted on 09/20/2012 3:43:35 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Galtoid
Debates may help turn the tide, but people have to actually watch the debates. TV is far, far more complex today than it was in 1980. Think about it. I’m not putting my faith in debates.

Now, that we have the Internet, live TV debates can be broadcast to a much larger audience with repeated pounding of the debater's words. Thus, having a greater impact than back in 1980.

22 posted on 09/20/2012 3:46:14 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer

[i]And yet it is a tight race. How can that be?[/i]

Because Obama’s Job Approval is around 50%. As long as his Job Approval is high, the election will be close, regardless of the opposition.

This is an obvious point that many seem to miss.


23 posted on 09/20/2012 3:55:10 PM PDT by TomEwall
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To: Evil Slayer

It’s not.


24 posted on 09/20/2012 3:58:10 PM PDT by tomkat ( we used to HANG traitors)
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To: Nifster

In 1980 Reagan was known to be a hard core right winger, it was known that the election was truly between two radically different visions and approaches to government and policy. All Reagan had to do was convince that he wasn’t too scary.

This election has a Jimmy Carter type figure, but the man running against him is eerily similar in so many ways, Romneycare, abortion, anti-gun, the gay agenda, pathological lying, foreignness, devoted hostility to Christianity, little political success in their past, and zero conservative activities or political accomplishments (or efforts).

Romney literally could have held office as a liberal democrat Governor, and have announced as a democrat presidential candidate in 2006.

From registering to vote at age 21 until 2005, Romney’s place on the political spectrum was ‘democrat’, that is why he left the party when Reagan won the nomination in 1979, and did not return until, after weighing both parties, he decided to reregister GOP, as a Massachusetts republican, declaring William Weld his republican mentor.


25 posted on 09/20/2012 4:23:53 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Evil Slayer; All

Go to unskewedpolls.com and you will see thats it is not even close for Obama...Romney will win in a landslide.


26 posted on 09/20/2012 4:27:43 PM PDT by AmonAmarth (Wherever you go...There you are)
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To: ansel12
This election has a Jimmy Carter type figure

Exactly why a rock ribbed conservative would have been the best choice to run against Obama.
27 posted on 09/20/2012 4:34:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: TomEwall
You missed one important factor. Voter turnout enthusiasm.

CBS Poll: GOP Has Huge Turnout Edge Over Dems

28 posted on 09/20/2012 4:36:10 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Evil Slayer
You and I both remember. If Romney can just follow Reagan’s debate remarks that I repeated in my post #10, he will win.

I would use Reagan's remarks verbatim. The parallels between Idiot Obama and Carter are already astounding.

29 posted on 09/20/2012 4:37:37 PM PDT by DiogenesLamp (Partus Sequitur Patrem)
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To: Fledermaus

>Because people are idiots.

Welcome to the club!!


30 posted on 09/20/2012 4:42:20 PM PDT by ROTB (Live holy, forgive all & pray in Jesus' name. Trust He is willing & able & eager to ANSWER BIG!)
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To: Evil Slayer

If the Media spent half the time on their feet exposing Obama as they spend on their knees giving him a Lewinski, Obama wouldn’t stand a prayer.


31 posted on 09/20/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Evil Slayer

My theory: Half the people in the country are leftist sympathizers.


32 posted on 09/20/2012 5:01:05 PM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude
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To: OneVike

I agree 1000 percent. You would see 100 times more Romney bumper stickers and signs if people knew their cars wouldn’t be keyed by the kind of scum that is now a Democrat voter. They are freaken looney and plain psycho anymore. Here in Montana in 2008 we saw tons of Obama stickers and signs. I have not seen one 2012 yet. Also in 2008 many people spoke favorably of Obama. No-one has a nice thing to say anymore. No-one.


33 posted on 09/20/2012 5:04:58 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

Where I live people are crazy proud to carry political bumperstickers, literally years after the race is over. Many of them are quite provocative, and no one gets keyed.

Obama has far fewer than in ‘08, and Romney has almost none. People here will vote for Romney, but no one is going to be very loud and proud about it.

Both of these vapid, egotistical and weird, alienated men are unpopular, whether it is the one who derives from the Indonesian madrasa or the one who derives from the Mexican chicken ranch.


34 posted on 09/20/2012 5:26:46 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: liberty or death

I’ve had a Romney/Ryan sticker with a Nobama sticker right under it on my back car window since the week after the RNC convention. So far no keying. And although I live in a very liberal town in Missouri, I (also) haven’t seen any Obama stickers or yard signs as well as any Romney stickers or signs either. I’ve seen a bunch of Ron Paul yard signs though. Most of them have been up since the first of the year. Weird. Bty, I got my signs from cafepress.com since our local GOP HQ still don’t have Romney stickers or signs. Another weird thing. Guess I’m gonna have to shell out $35 to cafepress.com in order to get a Romney yard sign. I think Missouri is being boycotted as far as local GOP HQs not having them in stock. Don’t know about other towns/cities in Mo though.


35 posted on 09/20/2012 5:43:05 PM PDT by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war....)
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To: Psalm 144

“Both of these vapid, egotistical and weird, alienated men are unpopular, whether it is the one who derives from the Indonesian madrasa or the one who derives from the Mexican chicken ranch.”

Now that is funny. I gave all my money and time to Perry, then Bachmann and then Newt. I personally liked Newt the best but for a time thought he had no chance. Was extremely depressed when Mitt took the prize but I’m gonna crawl on needles to vote this Marxist out.

We are surrounded by two Indian Reservations. Keying is just something they do.


36 posted on 09/20/2012 5:54:06 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: All

Excuse me, but with all the advantages Obama has (money, Unions, MSM, etc.,) the correct question to ask is “why isn’t Obama ahead by 20 pts?”


37 posted on 09/20/2012 6:28:28 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: Kolath

The DNC kinda bit the hand that fed them when they rented a non-union center for their convention. Unions withheld donations after that.


38 posted on 09/20/2012 6:37:25 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ROTB

Hey, I’m not the moron voting for Carter 2


39 posted on 09/20/2012 6:40:44 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: Evil Slayer

“Why is the Race so close”?

Because it’s Ob vs. Hillary

................Ob vs. HillaryRomney

all over again.


40 posted on 09/20/2012 6:43:50 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: liberty or death

Where in Montana do you live? My wife an I met in Bozeman. My great grandparents were homesteaders in Montana.

My grandfather wanted to strangle Chet Huntley for telling everyone in Hollywood to go up there. He hated him because it was Chet who began calling Montana Big Sky country.

It used to be called the Treasure State because of its status as the country’s foremost producer of metallic treasure—gold, silver, and, most importantly, copper.

The copper Kings of Butte are even involved in a landmark Supreme Court case that ruled the person who owned the land on top, owned the minerals under it, even if the minerals went diagonally into their neighbors property.

Their neighbor would still own the land on top, but the minerals under it belonged to the guy who owned the land the minerals were originally tapped at the peak from.

The ruling spelled the inevitable demise and bankruptcy of the losing copper king. Any way, great country, and the best fly fishing in the world. Especially on the Gallatin River in the canyon. My grandfathers property had the Gallatin river as his own private backyard fly fishing area.

Sop where in Montana do you live?


41 posted on 09/20/2012 7:12:13 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike

Bighorn river country. I’m from Alaska and Washington and have only lived here for 8 years. Love the agates and trout fishing but other than the long winters of Alaska I miss it in a way that cannot be measured. I don’t miss one minute of uber liberal Washington. SF of the North.


42 posted on 09/20/2012 7:39:22 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

I can understand why you miss Alaska, I had hoped to one day make it up there. Alas, I am not getting nay younger, and now that I have spinal troubles in my neck I am afraid my days of cold weather climates are over.


43 posted on 09/20/2012 7:54:28 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: OneVike
Wow, me too. I have Disc degeneration disease and quit my job to start my own businesses 15 years ago because of it. My most damaged ones are 3, 4 and 5 but I framed my life around Independence and not doing all the things that damaged me more. Even the 2 months of true cold we have here are hard but it's where all my kids are.
44 posted on 09/20/2012 8:02:06 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: ansel12

I will do anything to make the communist in chief is NOT reelected.....


45 posted on 09/20/2012 10:13:17 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Evil Slayer

People still have to want to watch them. Now they just have more choices.


46 posted on 09/21/2012 4:17:26 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Evil Slayer

I agree with most of what’s being said here. Romney is RINO and although a better alternative than O, certainly not a champion of our cause. My vote goes Gary Johnson. It’s time to cut our loses and build to a true conservative future.


47 posted on 09/21/2012 3:41:27 PM PDT by winnotwhine (It's easy to whine...I'd rather win)
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To: Evil Slayer

I agree with most of what’s being said here. Romney is RINO and although a better alternative than O, certainly not a champion of our cause. My vote goes Gary Johnson. It’s time to cut our loses and build to a true conservative future.


48 posted on 09/21/2012 3:41:31 PM PDT by winnotwhine (It's easy to whine...I'd rather win)
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To: Evil Slayer

I agree with most of what’s being said here. Romney is RINO and although a better alternative than O, certainly not a champion of our cause. My vote goes Gary Johnson. It’s time to cut our loses and build to a true conservative future.


49 posted on 09/21/2012 3:41:31 PM PDT by winnotwhine (It's easy to whine...I'd rather win)
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To: winnotwhine

Sorry about multiple posts...slow computer.


50 posted on 09/21/2012 3:43:05 PM PDT by winnotwhine (It's easy to whine...I'd rather win)
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