Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Minor Musing About Online Polling And Perception

Over at Madville, Cory has a poll asking his readers to pick South Dakota's best choice for governor. As I begin this post, Joe Lowe leads Susan Wismer 98-39. 

Let's be clear, if online polls were baseball players, their accuracy average would be well below the Mendoza Line. In this case, I doubt there's a groundswell of support for Mr. Lowe. Were I a gambler, I would bet a few Republican bloggers are spending the afternoon clearing their browsers' history and voting in the Chicago manner, early and often. (If they're using their laptops, they should use CCleaner ever so often. It's a free download that I highly recommend.)

These polls mean little. Still, Wismer made her announcement with South Dakota's Democratic establishment, such as it is, as props. If the Wismer people can't find a 12 year old to sit in front of his or her computer and keep her ahead of Joe Lowe in an online poll on the most Democratic blog in the state, they don't really understand the power of perception or organization. Appearing inept is sometimes worse than being inept

Oh by the way, Lowe now has 101 votes to Wismer's 39. A vote a minute is a pretty good online pace.

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