Push polling 101; what it is and how it works
It’s a lovely Sunday and for those who are interested, a Horse is going to spell out what a push poll is and how it works courtesy of Wikipedia.
Talking Ed Note: Push polling is not a crime. It is sleight of hand deployed to alter voter perceptions, re: in this instance how the hospital board, Mayor Zimmer and a group of people on the City Council: Peter Cunningham, Carol Marsh, Dave Mello, Ravi Bhalla and Jen Giattino all played important roles in seeing the hospital saved but are not credited. (Certainly not even paltry “equal credit.”)
In this push poll question, the objective is to see Councilman Ravi Bhalla elevated for “saving the city hospital” which of course is inaccurate among many people who worked tirelessly for hundreds if not thousands of hours without pay to do the impossible. Think the Hoboken hospital board members, especially, Toni Tomarazzo and the late Steve Rofsky who were central to this victory.
In a push poll, highlighting that one council member on a body of nine credited he “saved the city’s hospital” is an example of how such tactics may be used. Push polling is generally acknowledged as a form of negative campaigning.
Campaigns can do polling and insert push polling questions to achieve a desired result; namely, the altering of voter perceptions favorable to a campaign.
Related: MSV urges everyone to read the tribute to Steve Rofsky who was never properly credited by local media for his instrumental role in delivering the plan to save the hospital and with it Hoboken.
Sunday Midday Update: MSV is pleased to present questions of the second Hoboken telephone poll, (not the Bhalla campaign’s) courtesy of its readers. So without further adieu, details from the second telephone poll.
Asked to speak with the most younger voter in
Are you employed by news media or a political
campaign or volunteering for a local political campaign?
How likely are you to vote (multiple choice:
very likely, likely, somewhat likely, etc.)
Is Hoboken going in the right direction/or is it
on the wrong track?
What is the most important issue to you in the
upcoming mayoral election? (open ended)
If the mayoral election held today – would you
vote for a democrat, republican or independent?
Would you definitely, probably, or lean slightly
towards for a (insert which was selected for the last question) candidate?
somewhat favorable, unfavorable, very unfavorable, don’t know the person:
important to you?
congestion & parking
Parks & open space
and fighting crime
and transparency in government
personally most important to you:
Economic issues: pocketbook issues, affordable housing, budget
& taxes, public/private partnerships
Quality of life issues: local growth, reducing
crime, open space, public schools
held today who will you vote for:
vote, probably vote or lean slight to voting for (insert name picked above)?
election who are you most likely to vote for:
be voting for or probably voting for that candidate
your 2nd choice?
candidate are you more likely to vote for:
The one who has served in government longer and
who is more experiences, or
The one who is new to politics and will bring
likely to vote for, less likely to vote for or much less likely to vote for (or
it makes no difference) who:
Always strongly opposed Trump & Christie
Is endorsed by the HDCO
Working with law enforcement community groups to
fight heroin addition
Opportunist & is running for two offices at
the same time
Is endorsed by Dawn Zimmer
Is a candidate with a 5-point plan that: reduces
waste; creates transparency, adds more affordable housing, reduces property taxes,
increases public & private partnerships someone that you are more or less
likely to vote for?
sometimes vote (insert party)
phone, on both your cell phone and landline, always on your landline.