Posted by: arnegrim | July 30, 2010

Polls, Polls, Polls

Interesting how the Administration was quick to point to the polls that supported their agenda… and yet they ignore the polls that tell them different.

Sort of like having your cake and eating it too…

“”You know, in all honesty, Chip, there isn’t a website in the world that doesn’t have a new poll every day,” the press secretary replied. “And if you spent a lot of time sitting around worrying about polls rather than worrying about the people that you’re trying to help, I’m sure you’d get discouraged. But we’re way too busy to sit around looking at polls.”

Too busy to look at polls? Perhaps. But not too poor to pay for them. While Gibbs routinely chides members of the press for obsessing about the day-to-day temperamental swings of the American public, behind the scenes the White House has poured plenty of money into conducting its own public opinion polls. Through June 9, 2010, the administration, via the Democratic National Committee, has spent at least $4.45 million on the services of seven different pollsters, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. (The Huffington Post looked into only those expenditures that totaled more than $5,000)

That total represents only 18 months into the administration. During the first 24 months of the Bush administration, the Republican National Committee spent $3.1 million on polling according to a 2003 study done by Brookings”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20100729/cm_huffpost/663553

Is it better to not conduct polls and follow what you believe is best… or to conduct polls and ignore the results?

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