For a variety of reasons, mostly Caller ID, only 9% of individuals called by pollsters ever respond.
Theoretically you could get something statistically valid out of that, but a reasonably well organized minority of homosexuals, feminazis or abortionists could make sure they always answered the polls ~ which would easily magnify their importants about 11X reality.
The age of polls is gone, and now we are back to Augury.
Everything Boehner said may or may not be relevant, but fur shur his old fashioned view of data, to wit polling, is simply wrong!
At my office, we have a cell phone to be used by staff when out if they do not want to use their personal cells phones. As it turns out, it is is used very rarely. So, I picked it up yesterday and discovered 6 voice mails from the Census Bureau. Yep, six. Late this afternoon, it rang, I answered and found myself talking to the....Census Bureau. I explained that the # they had been calling was a business cell, never issued to an individual. I was asked, are you safe, are you driving? No, I said. The man on the phone said, well we have been calling to have you take a SURVEY. Really?