Breslin calls BS on polls

God bless Jimmy Breslin for the best news of my day:

Anybody who believes these national political polls are giving you facts is a gullible fool.

Any editors of newspapers or television news shows who use poll results as a story are beyond gullible. On behalf of the public they profess to serve, they are indolent salesmen of falsehoods.

This is because these political polls are done by telephone. Land-line telephones, as your house phone is called.

The telephone polls do not include cellular phones. There are almost 169 million cell phones being used in America today – 168,900,019 as of Sept. 15, according to the cell phone institute in Washington.

So not only are these polls not touching the several hundred thousand new votes recruited by the 527s and other groups, they are structured to miss the large, growing, and overwhelmingly young group that has only a cell phone.

This is great news. But it’s also another example of lazy political and media institutions skewing our perception of events. Do NOT despair about the polls… Kerry may be doing far better than any of the numbers show.

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