Self-Censorship May Affect Presidential Poll Accuracy

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The Mann
The Mann
8 months ago

Is anybody in their sane mind going to strike up a conversation with the mentally ill transient who talks to himself and try to convince him that the voices in his head are not reality/fact based? Of course not, because talking sense with the emotionally driven mental ill is a waste of time and will result in nothing productive. That's why many people no longer want to argue with radical leftists/Democrats.

TJP 81
TJP 81
8 months ago

People interested in this video's material might find Marcuse's "Repressive Tolerance" interesting: https://www.marcuse.org/herbert/publications/1960s/1965-repressive-tolerance-fulltext.html. I suspect that this essay forms the philosophical basis for the left's current gamesmanship around dissident opinions.

Long T. Tang
Long T. Tang
8 months ago

There is no room for civility these days. People are too easily offended. Everyone has a label. No respect for the fellow man. I’m one for the protection of self and family. Carry on as you wish. I’m satisfied with the United States as it is. It is the greatest country in our current world. Leave it alone.

Richard Bonomo
Richard Bonomo
8 months ago

I self-censor frequently. I have also been "forcibly" censored at work, at a temporary job over the summer.

I have no idea who is going to actually "earn" enough electoral votes to win the Presidency; I have even less idea who will wind up being assigned enough electoral votes to win the Presidency.

Steve Myrlin
Steve Myrlin
8 months ago

Steve from Texas…I NEVER tell the pollsters who I'm voting for. We've been called several times over the past few weeks

metamech
metamech
8 months ago

Definitely. If people call me, they know my number.

As for telling others? Hell no I don’t tell anyone. People are crazy.

Sam King
Sam King
8 months ago

Polled once. Gave a mix of answers just to throw off their polls which are clearly done to influence voters in one direction…I hate that.

landon vinyard
landon vinyard
8 months ago

I like to ask people how they like their eggs cooked. It doesn’t matter what their answer is, I just get furious And talk over them with various facts about eggs. When it gets unbearably uncomfortable I then switched to politics.

davidmackey74
davidmackey74
8 months ago

I self cencer myself, I keep my mouth shut, I change the subject,walk away and I have the 5 amendment to back me up. I especially don't advertise. Because I do not want to offend anyone or make weird friends.

davidmackey74
davidmackey74
8 months ago

All joking aside it causes problems .

Mike Newton
Mike Newton
8 months ago

Upper management at my work have moved far left and enacted these policies. Office staff and management are also very left leaning. Operations management and employees tend to be on the middle right. Operations staff stay far away from other employees knowing full well there would be backlash, it’s happened. It’s a microcosm of the “classism” of the area in which I live.
Most my friends have moved far left, I don’t talk politics or anything close to it with them. I have but generally don’t talk politics with the few coworkers or friends that are on the Trump train. There’s no backlash, it’s just kind of pointless. My librarian friends it’s not a problem.
I’m a pretty reasonable center left with a libertarian streak.

James Bibb
James Bibb
8 months ago

Really, really good piece Alison. Good work.

davidmackey74
davidmackey74
8 months ago

Why else do the have curtins at the poll both. It is not a pop quiz. It is your right. To privacy.

Chris Up In Here
Chris Up In Here
8 months ago

If they poll by phone, I never answer out of town numbers, 800 numbers, private numbers and so on. So my vote will never be reflected in polls.

FinnCoaching
FinnCoaching
8 months ago

Alison, I get excited when you post a video because it's like having a real conversation with an adult person about the issues. When discussing politics with people, I'm interested in discussing issues and not about "orange man bad". I rate your channel #1 in terms of "fair and balanced". I also follow The Jimmy Dore Show because he has no favorites and calls out and shines a bright light on both political parties and politicians for their wrongdoing and what MSM won't cover. Ben Shapiro gives a balanced conservative view and is not afraid to call out the Republicans or Trump when needed. I watch a few of the Fox News shows only for entertainment value. I also read Caitlin Johnstone who posts on Medium Daily Digest. She is an Australian blogger whose viewpoint is pretty radical but shouldn't be dismissed. I haven't been polled nor would I if asked. I don't have to worry about cancel culture and enjoy the opportunity to discuss issues or who I support when politics come up in a discussion. Unfortunately, when that does happen, the discussions tend to be short.

Brad Torgersen
Brad Torgersen
8 months ago

I think polling for Presidential races is, for now, DOA. The methodology is hosed because the data sets are hosed. The sampling is not accurate and people are not truthful in how they answer. I think the polls in 2016 and again in 2020 are merely wag-the-dog tools used by Trump's opponents to manufacture a false impression that Trump is doomed. Meanwhile the Biden-Harris ticket has no ground game at all, but Trump gets spontaneous citizen car and boat rallies which are tens of thousands strong. I can't take any of the polls seriously. I don't think anyone seriously looking at the 2020 race should, either.

Great Gig In the Sky
Great Gig In the Sky
8 months ago

In my home we can't talk about anything political without something getting super pissed.
I blame the Media and the way they demonize the President.

Mister Jim
Mister Jim
8 months ago

…Polls don't win elections. Voting does… Just Vote. That's the ONLY thing that matters.

Twitchy Smith
Twitchy Smith
8 months ago

Why would anyone be threatened by a pollster? What would the downside be to telling a random person (on the phone?) who you intend to support? I don't get it.

Bill Pope
Bill Pope
8 months ago

I self censor. No one should be fired for supporting either candidate. Now the Green Party is another story…

Joseph Caskey
Joseph Caskey
8 months ago

I really want to become an independent journalist and field reporter. I am frustrated with the lies we get from the media and how much work has be done to get past their bullshit spin on things. Its a necessity just to stay appraised of what's going on, might as well try to do something for everyone else in the process.

Dimo
Dimo
8 months ago

I've kept my politics private because I've been unemployed since March and I need a job. Lots of HR depts are run by college grads with liberal leanings and are now blantant about their politics. HR depts admit to checking social media prior to hiring, looking for "bad behavior" and that now means right of center beliefs. Talk bad about BLM and you don't get hired and some will fire you.

slovokia
slovokia
8 months ago

I tailor what I say depending on whom I am talking to. If someone brings up something political I may politely disagree if I differ with them. In general I won’t voice my political opinions in a strong and unsoliticited way with friends whose politics I differ with. Since I have libertarian views I can find some common ground with most of my friends. I detest Trump but still maintain friendships with some Trump supporters. However going forward I am not inclined to pay much attention to center right intellectuals who have fallen in line with Trumpism nor am I going to be listening to their ideas very much.

Sheila Nawrot
Sheila Nawrot
8 months ago

I am a proud, wear the shirts, post a bid in FB that I voted Trump, and Trump signs in my yard. I refused to be afraid. I am entitled to my opinion and party affiliations. I always thought I was a strong conservative, but I took a questionnaire and found I am mire center right. I also lost a job due to accusations of a racist comment. It’s a long story but it wasn’t.

Charles Pyle
Charles Pyle
8 months ago

Because of all this, there isn't a benefit to share your information. I think there is a real part of the country that doesn't say anything. This unknown group is the one that shows up to vote and doesn't poll. Or they outright lie to pollsters.

Phillip Pringle
Phillip Pringle
8 months ago

If you think it's going to be close, cut the cord! Don't be surprised if President Trump carries all 50 states. By the way, I am the Q Clearance Patriot as of October 2017 on 4 Chan and Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is my dear friend and reliable source. The mockingbird mainstream media will not fair well in the second term of the Trump Presidency, thus your very impressive graphs are nothing but eye strain. Trust the plan! Greetings from Mobile Alabama, where we've been trusting Sessions since 1994. Ps: Pelosi knows me as Q Anon. There's your scoop. Your welcome!

Ed
Ed
8 months ago

Yes I lied to pollsters. I will never answer them truthfully again. They are biased and can, will and do put people in danger. No one should participate. It’s as bad as a sign in the yard. There is a clear increase not decrease in intolerance. It puts everyone in danger.

John R
John R
8 months ago

I think it's interesting that probably mostly republican voters are self-censoring. If the number of Republicans vs Democrats (mostly) are equal, then would this mean that Democrats are more likely to lash out or riot vs discuss?

Jessica Chambers
Jessica Chambers
8 months ago

I have at many points in the last 4 years felt the need to self-sensor my political views. I have a Facebook account with 0 friends (and I am a millennial) because I got sick of reading people’s hateful posts. I have been verbally reprimanded at work for calling someone a “he” when I did not know for certain that their preferred pronoun was “he/him/his.”
I have heard of people in my city who got the living crap beat out of them for having a Trump bumper sticker on their vehicle.
I didn’t realize how bad it was until I was driving down the road close to my home and saw a truck with a Trump flag and started to give the truck a thumbs up, but then decided against it because there was a car behind me who might follow me home and attack me (crazy fear, I know).
I have since gone to a Trump caravan with my mom and her husband and found it very healing. I am proud to vote for Trump and I am secure in who I have chosen to vote for, but some people in this country have gone nuts! Glad to be able to share and read the comments of others on this subject.

John McCormick
John McCormick
8 months ago

The difference between strident Democrats and everyone else is that while everyone else associates politics with how things should be, Democrats associate politics with how people should think and act . Those who understand the relationship between 19th c. liberal-theology Protestantism, 20th c. progressivism (who relabeled themselves "liberals" even though they were anything but) and today's Democrats understand this.

Joel Seely
Joel Seely
8 months ago

Wow! I just read through most of the comments. I was expecting to see a spread. There wasn't. Most everybody said that they believe that self-censorship is real and that they find that they need to do it (generally because they are conservative leaning). This may reflect in your demographic being more conservative than liberal (interesting). Of course the big question in all this is whether this is going to have any effect on the outcome of the election. Will conservatives who have self-sensored come out and vote in person? Or will they mostly stay at home? (And so I can add to the streak: Yes, I believe that self-censorship is real and I am very cautious what I say and to whom. Even saying something like, "Look most people are centrists who end up having to begrudgingly choose between two options that they generally don't like.". That comment was called "crap" and I was unfriended on FB. Go figure!)

Joseph Gray
Joseph Gray
8 months ago

I am not shy around close friends and family. But I also do not publicly advertise my political choice for the same reason I do not put NRA stickers on my truck.

nunna_ur Business
nunna_ur Business
8 months ago

there is no longer the ability to have a civil conversation, better to keep mouth shut

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