Stop Doom Scrolling, Ignore the Polls, Get Out The Vote

Poll polishing?

Guys, I know I’m preaching to the choir, but you gotta ignore the polls and ignore our Failed Political Press ™ incessant horse-race coverage.

Dan Pfeiffer:

…I am not telling you to dismiss the polls that you don’t like or engage in unskewing the bad ones. I am telling you to ignore them all. For everyone other than the ad-makers and decision-makers at the party committees and Super PACs, the polls serve no purpose. None. Zero. Zilch. They are mood-altering statistical drugs.

No one knows what’s going to happen in this election. It’s one of the most unusual in history. This election is happening in the middle of a strange economy and less than two years after an attempt to violently overthrow the government. The public broadly supports the Biden agenda and is vehemently opposed to the Republican effort to overturn Roe v Wade.

Polls are not supposed to predict what will happen. They are supposed to be a snapshot in time with a relatively wide margin of error. Even the best polls have an MOE of +/- three points. That’s a spread of six points. Almost all of the major Senate and governor’s races are happening in states where Joe Biden won by less than a point. These races were always destined to fall within the margin of error. Whether a poll shows Mandela Barnes up one or down one, it means the same thing — the race is too close to call.

All of that presumes that the polls are working the way they should. And as we know painfully well, the polls are probably wrong.

Put another way, we are all freaking out about an inherently imprecise (and possibly broken) measurement.

The ultimate poll is at the ballot box itself. Ahead of that, it means absolutely nothing.

Pfeiffer raises a point that I’ve not hear anyone else say:

Ask yourself this question — how will the latest poll affect what you are going to do over the next 13 days? Will you volunteer fewer hours, donate less, or encourage fewer friends to vote?

We are in the final stretch. There is nothing left to do but persuade and mobilize.

Take it from Dan, he’s a professional! Get out the vote, stop doom scrolling.

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9 Responses to Stop Doom Scrolling, Ignore the Polls, Get Out The Vote

  1. annieasksyou says:

    Excellent! And Dan Pfeiffer is a more sophisticated political voice than many.

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  2. Look what we did to the orange shitstain -he may have gotten more votes than his first round but, we came out tenfold, and whomped his Mostly-Crisco ass.
    I think the media is trying to get the left out to vote with all the doom talk … not only does it serve it’s ratings now but, also when the extreme right gets decimated.
    (I Think = I hope)

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  3. E.A. Blair says:

    I am working early voting in Milwaukee WI. Our first day was somewhat chaotic: only one of our three PCs (for checking in voters) was functioning. The first voter left his ID card behnd and had to be chased down to give it back; the second voter was greeted by a malfunctioning printer. When the third voter came along, I asked, as I am legally required to do, “Please state your name and address,” the reply was “Mandela Barnes…”

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  4. beckymaenot says:

    I’m in GA and early voting here is crazy busy. It makes me happy to see that.

    I’m not doomscrolling or reading polls. I am now actively NOT reading my political news and muting the TV whenever that asshat Walker or Kemp show up.

    I still have all this free floating anger hanging around – and I figured out why. After the 2020 election, I thought that election anxiety wouldn’t be so prominent. Color me totally wrong. Jan6 happened and the anxiety is my constant companion and I am seriously pissed about it and it’s leaking out all over. I have nothing but rage for Maga Practitioners, and would happily see them all doing time for their sedition. Raise my taxes to pay for that shit- I don’t care. Hey Merrick, it’s time to punish sedition. Start with Tre45son and work your way down the line.

    I hope all the election activity means that the folks who have been sitting it out are finally getting involved. It’s the only way we can put this facism shit down. Shout it down, vote it out. Prosecute the shit out of the 1/6 planners and participants.


  5. w3ski4me says:

    It’s hard not to doom scroll when every other advert is Dems down in the polls. My wife and I both vote for a straight blue ticket today, but it’s still scary. I like our Democracy, warts and all.

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  6. Pretzelogic in Philly, PA says:

    Early voted straight blue last week. Feeling pretty good about it.


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