Think back a few years to how polling used to be conducted. As a college student studying political science way back in the '60's, I was involved in a number of projects drawing up polling questionnaires and conducting field polls and I can tell you that you can design a poll to ask questions in a way that will result in a favorable response. But back then, we tried not to do that, we tried to keep them as objective as possible to draw an honest answer, for candidates back then used them to mold their views. Today, it is just the opposite. Polls are prepared in a way to elicit the desired result and then turned over to the campaigns and journalists to use them to point out why they are favored in the campaign. People generally to like to go with those they perceive to be winners and if they can convince the public that their guy is the winner, well, the obvious follows. But that doesn't yet address one other factor that has raised its ugly head in recent years and that is fear. Make no mistake about it, there is a fear factor in America today where a majority of Americans would prefer not to express their public views on politics to anyone.
Recently, the respected CATO Institute, a libertarian-leaning think tank, came out with a survey reporting that a majority of Americans, 52%, are afraid to express publicly their views on political matters. They are concerned due to the rise in social disorder and the trends toward violence being taken against those who don't support the message of those carrying out the violence. The media has played a part in this situation as it has been used to publicize names and addresses in certain instances of those having views which oppose their positions. This was witnessed just in the last few days as we have witnessed the battle that Fox New opinion show host Tucker Carlson has taken to the media when threatened with such a tactic. It was the New York Times and they have previously used this tactic and it caused Carlson to move due to the threats to himself, his family and his home. The average Joe and Jane certainly is aware of this and other examples, like the McCloskey family in St. Louis, defending themselves on their private property from a mob taunting and yelling ugly comments in their front yard. Media slanted coverage was the reason this happened and they stirred up a frenzy. This adds to the reason why, in the CATO survey, Republicans showed a 77% reluctance and Independents measured in at 59%, even Democrats register a slight majority being unwilling to respond to polls 52% of the time. Only those considered to be extreme on the liberal scale show a an eager willingness to participate and as the news cycles show more and more of violence out of control in large American cities, why should we be surprised. The extreme liberals, like Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, are the ones so vigorously supporting the destruction of the city he is sworn to protect. I know that right now if I were called by a pollster, I would decline to participate also. So, if that is the case, how can we put much stock in today's polling which, after all, consists of nothing but opinions at the moment? Where are the opinions coming from? The answers are very clear: we can't and we don't know?
Perhaps we'd be better of in using our time more effectively by digging deep into what our candidates say and what they have done in their past to back up that position. And we'd be better to analyze facts about the poll organization and its viewpoint and the sources for the poll. Let's apply logic and reason instead of emotion to the process and stop accepting fifteen second sound bytes as truth as well as statistics that very well could have been drawn out of thin air. Remember, politicians can lie on their campaign promises since the law doesn't require them to be truthful.. In the case of President Trump, it's easy to evaluate him for you can read his old campaign promises in the summer of 2016 at his Gettysburg address and compare them with his actions in the Oval Office. That's easy. But with Biden, a man who is now pushing positions that he never supported in the past, he needs to be seen in front of the nation where the questions can be asked. And we can also see him and determine of he has the mental awareness to even hold the job. That's why having the debates is so important, for right now he is just the unseen candidate in the basement, making big gaffes with almost every statement he makes. Trump, on the other hand, has been tested under fire for four year, it's time to put Biden under fire by having him debate with the President where he has to answer questions, not just walk away from the mike when his comments are done. Whether or not these requirements are carried out or not is, of course, up to us and what we demand. Think about it and decide what you want, then lets get it done. But please, please, don't jump on the bandwagon based upon what you've read from a poll sponsoring by a source that actually created it. That is just folly.