Silent Majority: Robopoll Records Silence as Support for Obama

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

No wonder Obama leads in some polls. If you don’t reply it’s recorded as a vote for him.

This is from Pennsylvania.

Via John E.

16 Responses to “Silent Majority: Robopoll Records Silence as Support for Obama”

  1. NateDogg614 on 18/18/12 at 10:16 am

    Was that a prerecorded voice, or….

    I only ask because she seemed to trip up a bit on her words at the end there.

    Still, if true, it is rather telling.

  2. Blue Hen on 18/18/12 at 12:26 pm

    If you scream, we’ll assume you’re achieving orgasm at the sound of our dear leaders’ name and mark ya down for a big ‘yes’!

    Brought to you by the same clowns that used Soviet warships and Turkish aircraft in a ‘salute to the US military’.

  3. lester on 19/19/12 at 8:15 am

    Actually I do not even check VMs these days on calls where I do not recognize caller ID. My VM is in the cloud. I probably get 5 or 6 robo calls a day that go through and are deleted un-listened to. I wonder how many times I have supported “BO”.

    It does not matter, the polling firms move the sample set around to make sure it fits the narrative.

    2012 is 2010 redux. No polling can convince me otherwise.

  4. Willy on 19/19/12 at 8:34 am

    I read somewhere that Republicans are more likely to keep their window shades closed. I expect we’re also less likely to talk to pollsters. I always hang up on them. The “progressives” I’ve met seem more likely to answer a pollster–any opportunity to stand on a soapbox and preach hyperbole.

    This poll is ridiculous, obviously, but do normal polls account for the fact that republicans might be less inclined to participate?

  5. Portia on 19/19/12 at 9:48 am

    I respond to Rassussen. No one else has ever called. He’s called twice.

    BTW, I live in deep blue Maryland. Saturday I went shopping in the deepest of deep blue areas–Bowie and Croften. Busy highway and streets. I saw one Obama sticker in the window of a car. No bumper stickers at all. Republicans know that in Maryland if you put something on your car, you’ll be vandalized, so no Republican stickers is understandable. But in 2008, Obama stickers were huge.

    I looked all day, on the road and in the parking lots. Only that one. Not even an old one from 2008. What do you think that means?

  6. RoboMonkey on 19/19/12 at 10:13 am

    I also live in deep, blue Maryland; and I see plenty of Obama stickers… including an increasing number of Obama 2012 stickers. As for Romney stickers — yep, nobody wants their car vandalized. My bumper is sticker-free.

  7. greenlight on 19/19/12 at 10:15 am

    This happened to me as well, in St. Louis. I thought I must’ve misheard it but I guess not.

  8. Mike on 19/19/12 at 10:46 am

    What the media is trying to do is demoralize the turnout of Rep votes. What they don’t know however, is that Republicans, conservative Democrats, and Independents will walk on broken glass to go to the polls and vote the COMMIE out the office, 2010 all over again trust me!!

  9. Jay W. on 19/19/12 at 10:53 am

    The robocall probably makes the understandable mistake that your inability to press ‘1’ is due to your inability to get your hand out of someone else’s pocket.

  10. Mary Sue on 19/19/12 at 1:59 pm

    That poll is sponsored by American Future Fund which is John Boehner’s PAC. I have been called a few times on that one and had weird things happen such as choosing Romney and having the response come back as Obama. Boehner needs to get that poll straightened out.

  11. TeriDavisNewman on 20/20/12 at 7:42 am

    I am not seeing ANY Obumphuque stickers either and I travel the SE USA via car regularly. I’ve seen 5 bumper stickers for Obama and as many against him. Last time you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting a dozen cars with Zero’s sticker or a dozen felons wearing Dear Leader’s T-Shirts. I wore an “Anybody but Obama” T-shirt in CHICAGO and no one said a word about it.

  12. richard40 on 20/20/12 at 10:54 am

    The comments about the poll in question being sponsored by Boehner supports a conclusion of mine that the out of wack polls are not necessarily a dem plot, but may just reflect incompetance and bad polling methodology. This is also supported by the fact that many of the Fox polls also have a pro dem bias. I also think that others are right that repub leanig voters may just be less likely to respond to pollsters. Another part of the problem is the turnout model, which many polls assume will duplicate 2008, missing the obvious big turn toward repubs in 2010. A better turnout model would be 2004, which is pretty close to the longer term historical average. Also interesting is in 2008 many polls underestimated obama victory margin, since they were using the 2004 turnout model, when in that year it should have been obvious that it would be a big turnout year for dems, they were fired up, while repubs were not. in 2012 it is the reverse, I expect repub turnout to be big, while dems are depressed.

  13. richard40 on 20/20/12 at 11:07 am

    As for paying attention to polls, Rasmussen and Gallup are both pretty good, and have been better than most others at actually predicting past elections. As for the charge that rasmussen is biased pro repub, I would contend the opposite, it is the only one that is NOT biased pro dem, because they are much more careful than others about using a realistic turnout model. And in 2008 rasmussen was more pro dem that other polls, being much closer to obamas big victory margin than others, because their 2008 turnout model then accurately reflected the big dem turnout.

    Interestingly, rasmussen accurately reflected obamas post convention bounce, giving him about a 6% swing in support, but they then also accurately reflected that the bounce has now faded, and the race is a dead heat again.

    I think though that even rasmussen (which currently shows romney with a slight lead) has not fully reflected the intensity gap (although gallup alluded to it in internal background, but did not actually include its effect in their results). Repubs, and even many independents, are really fired up this year, not as much for romney, but against obama. They will have a very large turnout, while I have noticed a lot of demoralization among dems, evidenced by the much lower occurance of obama yard signs and bumper stickers this year, the much lower obama crowds, and much less pro obama commenters than in 2008.

    Another thing I have noticed in the polls is even the polls showing obama leads (mainly due to the bad prodem turnout model I cited), also tend to show obama behind among independents. If turnout is expected, with either equal dems/repubs/independents, or even slightly pro repub, then any romney lead among independents should win it for him.